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30 Hour Famine FAQs

Q: How does the 30 Hour Famine work?
A: World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine gives students a chance to help overcome hunger — by going without food so others don’t have to. It’s an unforgettable experience that will rock their world and make an incredible difference around the globe! Youth groups sign up for one of the national Famine dates (February 24-25, 2017 or April 28-29, 2017) or choose their own Famine date. Then students learn about hunger and fundraise to help feed and care for children living in poverty. On Famine weekend, students get up close and personal with hunger by going 30 hours without food. World Vision provides loads of activities to help make this a totally fun, educational, and life-changing experience. After your Famine, send in your group’s funds to change lives!
Q: Why should my group do the Famine?
A: Worldwide, 795 million people — about one in nine — are chronically hungry. The Famine gives your group a chance to do something about this unacceptable tragedy — to stand together and serve the hungry in Jesus’ name. Your group can give real and lasting hope to families living in poverty by doing the Famine. And in the process, you’ll draw closer to God and each other.
Q: Where do Famine funds go?
A: The money you raise has an incredible impact — helping World Vision fight hunger and poverty around the world. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Q: How does the 30 Hour Famine fight hunger?
A: Every $40 you raise will help feed and care for a child for a month. World Vision puts the funds you raise to work by bringing emergency food aid to disaster zones and equipping families with the tools they need to overcome hunger in their communities. With your help, we’re partnering with the poor and empowering them to change the direction of their lives. What does this change look like? Parents equipped to grow healthier, more abundant crops and livestock. Communities gaining access to clean water for nutritious harvests. Children receiving basic medical care. Kids going to school. Families getting on their feet — and standing strong.
Q: Who is World Vision?
A: World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. We serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. Visit to learn more.
Q: What benefits do students get from doing the Famine?
A: Through the Famine, students learn about real-world issues of poverty and injustice, and they get the chance to make a real difference for hungry children. Plus, their own lives are transformed as they experience hunger firsthand — going without food so others don’t have to. During the Famine, students grow closer to God and each other. On a different note, the Famine can also help students achieve the level of community service hours they may need to graduate. And for student leaders, helping coordinate an event like the Famine looks great on their college application!
Q: Can I donate to the Famine here?
A: Yes! You can support a student or give a general donation to the 30 Hour Famine!
Q: How much does my group have to raise?
A: There’s no minimum amount that you have to raise to participate in the Famine. The important thing is to get your group excited about changing lives by raising funds to beat hunger. Have them set individual and group fundraising goals and encourage them to beat those goals. Every $40 donation can help feed and care for a hungry child for a month, so if a student gets 12 donations of $40 each, they’ll be helping feed and care for a child for an entire year!
Q: Can I use your materials to do the Famine and raise funds for other organizations and my own church?
A: All 30 Hour Famine materials were created for the exclusive purpose of helping your group raise funds for World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. We ask that you not use these materials for any other purpose without World Vision’s express written consent — including sending all or part of the Famine funds you raise to another organization or using the funds for other mission programs.
Q: How do we fundraise for the Famine?
A: We’ve got a lot of fundraising ideas to jump-start your creativity! Start by setting a fundraising goal. After you’ve given your group the facts about hunger, have them think about how many kids they’d like to help. Remind them that every $40 they raise can help feed and care for a child for a month — and that $480 can feed a child for a year. Once you’ve set your goal, go all out! You can fundraise online, hold group fundraisers, invite local businesses to match donations, and more. Whatever you decide to do, we’re here to help! Sign up or log in today to get tools for promoting your Famine and helpful fundraising tips or call us at 1-800-7-FAMINE.
Q: Can we keep fundraising after our Famine?
A: For some students, fasting lights the spark to their hunger-fighting passion. If this happens in your group, send what you’ve already raised immediately after your Famine weekend, so those funds get to work right away. Then tell students that they can continue fundraising all they want online.
Q: Why fast?
A: In the Bible, people fasted for a variety of reasons. Some did it as an act of worship (Acts 13:2), some to get right with God (Nehemiah 9:1) or to discern the Lord’s will (2 Chronicles 20:3). Whatever the goal, fasting helps people break free from the clutter of our world and focus on what matters to God. Fasting as a part of the 30 Hour Famine also helps students identify with the hungry children they’re helping — and learn about hunger in a way they’ll never forget. Be sure to check out our fasting tips, plus creative fasting alternatives.
Q: Is fasting safe?
A: Most people can safely go without food for 30 hours, but there are a few people who shouldn’t do it — including kids under 12, the elderly, pregnant or nursing women, and people with certain medical conditions. If you or a parent have any concerns about fasting, be sure to check with a doctor first. If anyone in your group is unable to participate in a food fast, we’ve come up with some good alternatives.
Q: What kind of support will I get for my Famine event?
A: When you sign up to do the Famine, we’ll provide all the guidance and materials you need! You’ll receive a free Famine Kit (a $50 value) that includes an Event Guide, planning tools, videos, educational resources, and more — everything you’ll need to teach and motivate your students to fight hunger. Plus, our team is always here for you! Whenever you need ideas, want more resources, or have questions, you can email us at or call 1.800.7.FAMINE (1.800.732.6463).
Q: What will my group do for 30 hours?
A: Tons of stuff they’ll love! You can create a customized schedule that includes things like serving your 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 your students will 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!
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: We love questions! Email us at or call 1.800.7.FAMINE (1.800.732.6463).