EUGENE, Ore. -- On Friday, nearly 30 kids at Wesley United Methodist Church started a fasting for over a day to participate in the 30-Hour Famine, a program that raises money and awareness for hunger.
30-hour Famine was started by the non-profit organization World Vision.
Starting at lunch-time on Friday, the group went without food for over a day, while devoting their Saturday to volunteer work.
The group worked with Food for Lane County by serving a meal underneath the Washington-Jefferson Bridge
Youth minister Anna Eckelbarger-Salas said that their goal was to raise money for (and awareness about) hunger.
“We hope that on a day-to-day basis people are thinking about it. We want to bring it back - the attention - in a city where a lot of people are hungry every day,” Eckelbarger-Salas said. “We want to say we are young, but we are doing something and we want you to come along side us and do it too."
The group chose to fast for 30 hours to represent the idea that it only takes $30 to feed a child for 30 days.
The 30-hour Famine has raised nearly $150 million for hungry children since it was started in 1992.