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Learn About The Famine

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 nearly 7,000 children a day, but your son or daughter and their friends can do something to help change this. The funds they raise by doing the Famine will help World Vision care for hungry kids and support sustainable change in communities around the world. See more hunger facts.

How can I get involved as a parent?

Pray. Pray for your teen, their youth group, their leaders and volunteers, and the hungry kids whose lives will be changed through their efforts.

Spread the word. Post your child’s online fundraising page across all of your social media sites and email it to all of your friends and family.

Read the student materials (and ask your child if they’ve read ’em!).

Become a fasting buddy. Support your student by fasting alongside them (not necessarily from food). A shared experience can open up new avenues of conversation!

Host a fundraiser. Ask if you can help run and/or support fundraising activities leading up to Famine weekend.

Volunteer. If you’re a youth ministry veteran, you’ll have a blast. And if you’ve never been involved, the Famine is a great, easy way to give it a try.

Just ask your student’s leader! From minivan drivers to event prep to cooking the break-the-fast meal, there’s a huge variety of ways you can help ensure that the Famine is a life-changing experience for participants.

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! Their leader will create a customized schedule that includes things like serving their community, learning more about God and His heart for the poor, participating in fun and educational activities like Trek Challenges, Bible Study and taking part in the Poverty Simulation, where they’ll face tough decisions and learn about life from a different perspective — all while hanging out with their friends and growing closer to Christ. The Famine will be one experience they’ll always remember!

Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page.