Wars and natural disasters dominate the world’s daily headlines, but behind the scenes and far from the spotlight, hunger and preventable diseases claim the lives of 24,000 of the world’s children every day. More than one billion people go hungry every day. More than six billion live on the planet. One in six will go hungry tonight.
Why so many? For some families, the only food they have is whatever they can grow themselves. One drought or flood can wipe out a year’s harvest. When it does, there’s no supermarket or food bank they can turn to. Others can barely afford food despite their best efforts. Either way, hunger is anything but yesterday’s problem. For one billion people, it’s a problem right now. But world hunger is 100 percent preventable and teens from several area United Methodist church youth groups are ready to help.
During the month of February, the group will be joining the efforts of hundreds of thousands of young people all over the nation who will set aside the usual “stuff” that fills their daily lives. Instead, they will do World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine because they are “Love Hungry” – the theme for this year’s event. By going without food, they get a taste of what the world’s poorest children and families face every day. Prior to the event weekend, students raise funds with the knowledge that every $30 they raise can help feed and care for a child for a month. Groups are also encouraged to perform hands-on service projects during the weekend in order to make a difference in their own communities.
As part of the Famine, local participants will spend the weekend of Feb. 25-27 collecting canned goods for CareNet, fasting for 30 hours, and taking part in activities to learn more about both the issues of hunger and ways to help. Cans of food and toiletry items may be dropped off at First United Methodist Church, Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Bethel United Methodist Church, Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church, Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church, Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church and Bryson City United Methodist Church. Food items collected will go directly to CareNet to help those in need in this area.
Funds raised by 30 Hour Famine participants help feed and care for children in communities in need around the globe through World Vision. A portion of the funds raised assist families in need in the United States. Famine funds contribute to World Vision’s response in areas where famine, conflict, and other crises make children vulnerable to hunger and preventable disease. Since 1992, 30 Hour Famine has raised close to $140 million, representing countless lives saved. World Vision works in nearly 100 countries, helping approximately 100 million people every year.
For more information, contact Rev. Margaret Freeman at Franklin First United Methodist Church at (828)524-3010.
Visit www.30hourfamine.org or call 800-7- FAMINE for more information about the 30 Hour Famine.