info for parents
What is World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine?
It’s students around the world loving God and fighting hunger. Every year, hundreds of thousands of students in the U.S. (and more around the world) unite to do the Famine. They learn about hunger, raise funds to help hungry kids, and experience hunger for themselves. Learn more about the Famine.
Why should my teen do the Famine?
Hunger-related causes kill a child every 13 seconds, but your son or daughter — and their friends — can do something tangible to help change this. The funds that students raise by doing the Famine help World Vision care for hungry kids and support sustainable change in communities around the world. See more hunger facts.
Is fasting for 30 hours safe?
For most people, going without food for 30 hours is perfectly safe. There are a few exceptions — like kids under 12, the elderly, pregnant or nursing women, and people with certain medical conditions or eating disorders. The Famine is a juice fast, which means students are provided by their Famine leader with plenty of water and juice throughout the 30 hours.
If you have any questions or concerns about fasting, check with a doctor before your student participates. We’ve also got plenty of alternatives to a traditional food fast if you deem that more appropriate. Get more facts about fasting.
How will my teen be fundraising?
There are lots of ways students can fundraise: online, in person, by text, over the phone, and more. The hands-down best way to fundraise is by combining ALL of these.
Your teen may also be invited to participate in a variety of group fundraisers hosted by their group leader. Learn more about fundraising.
What will my teen be doing during Famine weekend?
Tons of stuff they’ll love! Depending on the schedule their leader creates, they can serve their community, hang out with their friends, learn more about God and His heart for the poor, and have a blast playing fun and educational games like TRIBE, World Vision’s popular interactive team challenge. Check out a sample Famine weekend schedule.
Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page.