Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Teens Go Hungry to Feed Others

Local Teens Participate in a Nationwide 30-Hour Famine

30 Hour Famine

May 4, 2012

        BIG FLATS (WENY) --  More than a hundred local teens from 10 churches across the area participated in the 30 Hour Famine Friday night leading into Saturday.  They had their last meal around noon on Friday, and won't be eating any food until 6:00 p.m. the next day.  The goal is to raise awareness about the millions who go hungry everyday.

        "I think the message behind all this is awareness," says Abbie Dwier, a second year participant.  "Not a lot of people know what's going on, and just to show God's love and to show that we can make a difference."  Alex Ruffer is one of the coordinators, and says this sacrifice on behalf of the teens shows the power of their generation and the kind of difference they can make.

         "This is one those events that we hope is a jolt, a little push for us and for our students," says Pastor Ruffer.

To get more information on the 30 Hour Famine or World Vision organization, go to:

http://www.worldvision.org/

http://www.30hourfamine.org/

Or call 1-800-7-FAMINE.

          Local teens had raised about $4,300 by Friday night, and they expected to get more.  They say the most important thing was to raise awareness about a growing global epidemic.  "It's very important to feel how they feel so we won't take it for granted," says first time participant, Jazmyne Parks.