30 Hour Famine: Teens go hungry so others don’t have to

This weekend, young people across the country will forgo food to raise money and awareness about global hunger.

By John Yeager, World Vision U.S.
Published April 25, 2013 at 12:00am PDT

According to a recent survey conducted for World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, more than two in three teens (68 percent) say that, when it comes to helping those in need, adults don’t do enough to set a positive example for teens.

However, as many as two in three (66 percent) also indicate that the responsibility lies with them when it comes to addressing hunger in their communities.

110,000 teens go hungry to raise money and awareness

Many young people are taking it upon themselves to make a difference in their communities — and globally.

This weekend, more than 110,000 students across the country will go hungry to raise funds and hunger awareness by participating in the 30 Hour Famine. April 26-27 is the second national 30 Hour Famine weekend of 2013. The first national weekend took place in February.

Teens participating in the Famine give up food for 30 hours to get a taste of what the world’s poorest children face. Participants consume only water and juice as they perform local community service projects in places such as food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters.

These young people are taking action on behalf of the nearly 870 million people who don't have enough food to eat.

Social media increases global hunger awareness

According to the same survey, more than half of U.S. teens (56 percent) say social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have made them more aware of the needs of others.

During the Famine event, participating teens will use their social media platforms to raise awareness about global hunger among their friends. This weekend, World Vision is giving control of the 30 Hour Famine website to teens across America to help get the message out.

The goal: $10.5 million

Prior to the event, teens raise funds by explaining that $1 can help feed and care for one child per day.

Since 1992, the 30 Hour Famine has raised more than $150 million to fight world hunger. Last year alone, students raised $9.8 million. The goal this year is $10.5 million.

Funds raised this year will go toward relief and development work in 10 countries. Some 30 Hour Famine funds are also directed toward World Vision programs in the United States.

Three ways you can help

Thank God for the sacrificial and giving spirit of a new generation of young people. Pray for a life-changing experience for these youth as they fast and volunteer.

Encourage youth in your church to participate in the 30 Hour Famine. Check out the 30 Hour Famine website to learn more.

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.