30 Hour Famine in Vandergrift

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The 30 Hour Famine in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania was an event that was part of World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine campaign. This campaign seeks to raise awareness, and money, to help to end world hunger. Participants in the 30 Hour Famine in Vandergrift spent 30 hours without food during the event. Meanwhile, they attempted to raise $5,000 towards the cause. Although they admit $5,000 is not a huge amount of money, it will help feed about 5,000 people for a day, which is not a small feat. Plus, raising awareness in the local community is the most important part of the fast.

This is the fourth year that locals participated in the 30 Hour Famine in Vandergrift. During the famine, the teens spent their time playing world hunger games and learning about hunger in today’s world. The famine is meant to create empathy of the participants for those who live without food every day. One participant commented that it made her realize how conscious she is of the amount of food she eats and how fortunate she is to have ready access to food.

The 30 Hour Famine in Vandergrift represents just one event out of many across the globe (for example, a few weeks ago I wrote an article about Taiwan’s participation). Although only a few people participated in the 30 Hour Famine in Vandergrift, the amount of participants globally is incredible; in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, there were over 50,000 participants. The funds raised go towards the World Vision nonprofit, which helps combat hunger and poverty in over 100 countries. Every $30 raised can help feed a child for a month. Of course, World Vision does not merely feed the hungry. They feed those in disaster zones, but then equip the families with the necessary long-term tools to feed themselves. Through the help of World Vision communities grow stronger and gain access to clean water, and self-sustainability.

Overall, World Vision gives communities around the world access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. The more local communities that participate, the greater impact World Vision can make in a global setting.

– Corina Balsamo

Sources: TribLive, 30 Hour Famine
Photo: CUMC Houston

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