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Mayor signs Hunger Awareness Proclamation

Mayor Bob Scott signed a proclamation that was brought before the Franklin Board of Aldermen on Monday night by the youth of First Methodist Church declaring February as Hunger Awareness Month.

This will be the 19th year that the youth of United Methodist have led the 30 Hour Famine to raise awareness of the issues of world hunger among the congregation and the community. Their goals are to collect money and food for CareNet to help address the need locally and collect money for World Vision to help address the need around the world. They will also work together with others in the area by doing “hands-on” projects related to hunger and poverty and as they do every year, they will go without food for 30 hours to learn more about what many experience every day.

Mayor signs Hunger Awareness Proclamation

Mayor Bob Scott signed a proclamation that was brought before the Franklin Board of Aldermen on Monday night by the youth of First Methodist Church declaring February as Hunger Awareness Month.

Some facts that were outlined by the proclamation are as follows;

  • Worldwide, 870 million people—about 1 in 8—are hungry
  • Malnutrition causes nearly half of all under-5 child deaths
  • 23,181 people were served locally by CareNet in 2013
  • There are 5,350 estimated “food insecure” people in Macon County
  • 1 in 3 Macon County children are considered “food insecure”
  • 18.3 percent of Macon County residents live below the Federal Poverty Threshold: Family of four = $23,550 (annual household income)

Standing, from left, is Mayor Bob Scott, Kate Jones, Katie Moninghoff, Bennett Swafford, Chase Mallone and Turner Swafford; seated are aldermen Barbara McRae and Patti Abel.This will be the 19th year that the youth of United Methodist have led the 30 Hour Famine to raise awareness of the issues of world hunger among the congregation and the community. Their goals are to collect money and food for CareNet to help address the need locally and collect money for World Vision to help address the need around the world. They will also work together with others in the area by doing “hands-on” projects related to hunger and poverty and as they do every year, they will go without food for 30 hours to learn more about what many experience every day.

On Feb. 22, they will have “shanty towns” set up around Franklin in hopes of collecting donations in order to meet their goals.





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