Franklin youth fasting to fight hunger

Macon County youth will go without food in efforts to put a dent in the local hunger issue.

For the 18th year in a row, youth from First United Methodist Church will host what’s known as the 30 Hour Famine. Local participants in the famine will fast for 30 hours while collecting goods for Carenet and also for World Vision. This year’s 30 Hour Famine will be February 22-24.

The group won’t be sitting around for the 30 hours—according to Katie Moninghoff, a local teen who has helped with the Famine over the past few years, “Friday night, we’re hoping to focus on world hunger and how we can make a difference. Saturday morning we’ll be collecting cans outside of various food stores and we’ll be going to neighbor where they have already placed bags asking for donations. Saturday afternoon we’ll be working on service projects at Habitat for Humanity and Carenet.”

Rayven Casada, is another local youth who has been through the famine. She says they are aware of the hunger problem right here in the county, “Hunger is doubling. This is why we’re here—to help fight that.”

Collection sites for the 30 Hour Famine have already been set up at First United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store, Franklin Health and Fitness, Mountain View Intermediate, and Macon Early College.

Since 2006, participating youth have collected over 43,000 cans of food for Carenet and over $60,000 for Carenet and World Vision through the 30 Hour Famine projects.