30 Hour Famine, Famine for One unite teens, college students, and adults to fight hunger

This weekend, April 25-26, teenagers across the country will unite to fight global hunger through World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. World Vision is also kicking off Famine for One, a solo 30 Hour Famine experience for college students and adults.

By Amy Parodi, World Vision U.S.
Updated April 23, 2014 at 01:30pm PDT

This Friday, more than 70,000 teenagers from thousands of churches across the country will come together to fight global hunger through World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine.

Youth going hungry so others don’t have to

Now in its 25th year, The 30 Hour Famine brings together tens of thousands of teenagers to devote a weekend to fasting, prayer, and service to fight hunger. Forgoing food for 30 hours, teens spend a weekend, usually at a church, learning about the impact of hunger on children around the world and volunteering in their own communities.

Last year, participating teens raised more than $8 million last year to fight hunger through World Vision food and nutrition programs.

Since its inception, teens have raised more than $160 million through the 30 Hour Famine.

While groups participate in the 30 Hour Famine throughout the entire year, many choose to participate during one of the two national dates of 2014: February 21-22 and April 25-26.

Famine for One

This weekend, World Vision is also kicking off Famine for One, a 30 Hour Famine experience designed for college students and adults.

While the 30 Hour Famine is designed to be done in a large group, the Famine for One can be done alone. Participants forgo food for the same period of time — 30 hours — but the meditations and devotional activities are designed to be done alone or in small groups.

Participants create personal fundraising pages to collect donations. The suggested fundraising goal is $425, an amount that will alleviate hunger for one child for one year.

The launch of Famine for One coincides with one of the national 30 Hour Famine dates. However, Famine for One can be done anytime.

“For years, we’ve watched high school students who enthusiastically participated in the 30 Hour Famine graduate without a clear way to continue their fight against global hunger,” said Leah Swindon, national director for 30 Hour Famine. “Famine for One allows them to continue some of the familiar activities from the 30 Hour Famine but within a structure that works better with their new lives as college students and working adults.”

Zimbabwe is the designated Famine for One country of 2014.

Three ways you can help

  • Thank God for the sacrificial giving spirit of a new generation of young people. Pray for a life-changing experience for the young people and adults who will fast and volunteer.
  • Encourage youth in your church to participate in the 30 Hour Famine or invite your friends to participate in Famine for One.
  • Make a one-time gift to help provide life-saving food and care. Your donation will help provide food, agricultural support, clean water, nutritional training, and other essential care to hungry children and families around the world.