Raising world hunger awareness: Students to skip, give up meals

Raising world hunger awareness: Students to skip, give up meals

Students sign up for the 30-hour-famine event at a table outside the 'Rott.  Photo contributed by Jacki Moser.

Students sign up for the 30-hour-famine event at a table outside the 'Rott. Photo contributed by Jacki Moser.

By 2:00 a.m. on March 27, some Goshen College students will have tasted their last meal for the next 30 hours.

A group of students will participate in a 30 Hour Famine, inspired by an event from World Vision organization each year. After finding sponsors and pledging a donation, participants will go without food for 30 hours in order to raise money and awareness to end world hunger.

The proceeds of the event will go to Seeds of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children that have been orphaned by or infected with HIV/AIDS.

“Seeds of Hope is a great organization, and this is an easy way to support them,” said Liz Berg, a first year. Berg and Jacki Moser, a sophomore, brought the idea to the college.

The largest project from Seeds of Hope is in Zambia, where a boarding school provides health care and education to children suffering from HIV/AIDS.

There are two options for participation in the 30 Hour Famine at Goshen College. This first is to pledge a donation and participate in the fast. If students choose not to raise pledges or go without food for 30 hours, they can alternatively give up any three meals in the dining hall next week. Sodexho has agreed to donate the monetary equivalent of the three meals to Seeds of Hope.

Participating students can turn in their donations and receive their free T-shirt outside the dining hall during supper time on Thursday, and then begin the fast at 2 a.m. on Friday.

Throughout the day on Friday, there will be “hydration stations” with water and juice located in the Connector and outside the dining hall. Water and juice will continue to be available in the Connector during Connector Night Life, after which the 30 Hour Famine events will begin in the Recreation-Fitness Center. Participants can enjoy worship time, games, and more, including a live performance by Kansas Bible Company.

At 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, the fast will be broken with a breakfast in the dining hall.

Contact Jacki Moser or Liz Berg for more information.

Written by Anna Ruth

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