SDG2: No Hunger – Survival Biscuits

“What should we do if we know someone does not have enough food?” 

Bowl of rice – ask the Joeys how they would like to eat that for the next week for dinners.

Then we finished off by considering how important it is to find ways to support people who do not have enough food, which I said we would be doing in the coming days. What if there wasn’t even any rice?

Have pre-made Survival Biscuits for this activity or make them as part of your unit or as a family

In situations of famine, emergency food assistance can mean the difference between life and death. Survival biscuits, also called high energy biscuits, can be used in the first days of a food emergency when cooking facilities aren’t available. They are fortified with vitamins and minerals and a lot of protein.

You can mimic the taste of survival biscuits with this recipe, provided by the hunger assistance organization Church World Service.

Survival Biscuit Recipe


1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (can substitute 1/3 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of milk)
1 cup wheat flour or soy flour
1/4 cup margarine or shortening
1/4 cup water

Scatter a small amount of cornmeal on a 9 inch x 12 inch cookie sheet. Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl, and pat it out onto your prepared cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. After they have cooled, cut them into wafers, about 2 inches x 2.5 inches.

After you’ve tried the biscuits, ask your children what they think it would be like to only have these biscuits to eat for several days. How do you think your body would feel?

Depending on your child’s age, you can also talk about two types of hunger people face: starvation and malnutrition. These survival biscuits are used in situations of famine, where people are at risk of death by starving.

Now give them a normal biscuit and milo for their Supper

How we can show our thankfulness for our food (including showing gratitude to those who grow/sell/make our food and not wasting food) we also talked about how every person in the world deserves to have enough food to live.  I asked simple questions like, “How would you feel if you were hungry all day and did not have any food to eat?”

Campfire Biscuits

Goal: To learn about the basic elements that you need to make a fire with a fun biscuit decorating activity to make a campfire


You will need:

  • Biscuit
  • Green icing and plastic knife
  • Chocolate sprinkes – tinder
  • Flake – kindling
  • TV snacks – fuelwood
  • Prezel sticks – marshmallow sticks
  • Mini-marshmallows – marshmallow
  • Gas lighters to lightly toast marshmallows


Construct your campfire and identify the The chocolate parts are your components of your campfire fuel sticks or wood you would collect or use for a campfire


What did you like most about this activity?

What would you do differently next time?