‘Famine’ nets 7,000 cans for Carenet

Macon County youth find out what it’s like to go without food in an effort to help those in need.

This weekend’s 30-Hour Famine event driven by the First United Methodist Church brought in over 7,100 cans of food for local food pantry Carenet.

During the 30 hour fast from February 22-23, youth from area churches led and attended worship services, slept in cardboard houses, learned more about world hunger issues, and volunteered at CareNet and Habitat for Humanity.

Organizers of the famine tell us that 7,104 cans and $1700 in donations were collected for Carenet. Additionally, $1,750 was raised for World Vision.

The youth made good use of their time fasting by filling over 400 backpacks with food for distribution to local school children, sorted 2440 nails for Habitat, and made 6 blankets for the United Methodist Home for Children.