Church Group Fasts To Bring Attention To World Hunger

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Child hunger. It's a crisis the members of a church youth group want to bring attention to.

The youth group at United Methodist Church in Carthage is taking part in a 30-hour famine.

"Child hunger is something we all take very seriously," said Sarah Millard, the group's adviser, "and we're really hoping that by doing the 30-hour famine we can raise awareness within our youth and also right here in the community what a big issue that it is."

The famine is a World Vision initiative. They're doing it to raise money and save lives.

"It gives our kids a chance to actually feel what hunger is like," Millard said.

"Most of us can go to our kitchen and find food at a moment's notice, but it's not so in all of the world and even right here in the United States," she said.

The group had their last meal at noon and won't eat again until 6 p.m. Saturday.

So what are they going to do until then? The church has set up an overnight retreat.

To offset their appetites, the group is playing games, doing arts and crafts, and drinking a lot of water.

"We drink a lot of water to keep us busy, to keep our stomachs sort of full and to keep us hydrated without the food," said Allyson Millard, the group's president.

The event is one of two World Vision Famines held each year. The next one will be in April.

To participate or make a donation, go to www.30hourfamine.org.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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