Reinbeck, Iowa Wars and natural disasters dominate the world's daily headlines, but behind the scenes and far from the spotlight, hunger and preventable diseases claim the lives of 24,000 of the world's children every day. More than 1 billion people go hungry every day. More than 6 billion live on the planet. One in six will go hungry tonight.
Why so many? For some families, the only food they have is whatever they can grow themselves. One drought or flood can wipe out a year's harvest. When it does, there's no supermarket or food bank they can turn to. Others can barely afford food despite their best efforts. Either way, hunger is anything but yesterday's problem. For 1 billion people, it's a problem right now. But world hunger is 100 percent preventable, and teens from the Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School are ready to help.
This February, they will be joining the efforts of hundreds of thousands of young people all over the nation who will set aside the usual "stuff" that fills their daily lives. Instead, they will do World Vision's 30 Hour Famine because they are "LOVE HUNGRY" the theme for this year. By going without food, they get a taste of what the world's poorest children and families face every day. Prior to the event weekend, February 24th & 25th students raise funds with the knowledge that every $30 they raise can help feed and care for a child for a month. Groups are also encouraged to perform hands-on service projects during the weekend in order to make a difference in their own communities.
As part of the Famine, G-R students will be holding a food drive. The food drive will take place on the 2nd day of the 30-Hour Famine, February 25th. Members of the Reinbeck community may place non-perishable goods in a bag on their front steps. The items collected will go to the Reinbeck Community Food Bank located at the UCC Church.
Funds raised by 30 Hour Famine participants help feed and care for children in communities in need around the globe through World Vision. A portion of the funds raised assist families in need in the United States. Famine funds contribute to World Vision's response in areas where famine, conflict, and other crises make children vulnerable to hunger and preventable disease. Since 1992, 30 Hour Famine has raised close to $140 million, representing countless lives saved. World Vision works in nearly 100 countries, helping approximately 100 million people every year.
Visit www.30hourfamine.org or call 800-7-FAMINE for more information.