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More Than 3,100 Houston Teens Go Hungry To Help Haiti Quake Survivors Through World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine Hunger Awareness Campaign

Hundreds of Thousands Participate Nationwide

30-Hour Famine Funds go to Haiti Quake Relief and Long Term Needs

WHO:          More than 95 youth groups in the Houston area will participate in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine – getting a real taste of hunger to help feed and care for children living in extreme poverty around the world.  The Houston groups hope to raise $145,500 and join nearly half a million teens nationwide aiming to donate $12 million to fight world hunger this year.

WHAT:        During the 30 hours, teens fast “on an empty stomach” – the theme for this year’s Famine —  by going without food (consuming only liquids) for 30 hours to experience what the poorest children and families face every day. The Houston youth will also perform hands-on community service projects during the Famine weekend in order to make a difference in their own community. Teens participate in groups through churches, schools, youth groups and civic organizations.

Now in its 19th year, World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine raises awareness and money to fight hunger both overseas and in the United States. This year a portion of the proceeds will go to Haiti to help with long-term recovery needs such as food for children, mothers and  HIV+ adults, planting of fruit trees, small-scale drip irrigation, construction of  8 new clinics (serving 55,000) as well as a new pharmacy.  Additional funds go to similar projects in 9 other countries with crises that make children vulnerable.

WHEN:       Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27, 2010

WHERE:     For group and service project information please contact Abby at 708-434-5006 or  Additional information about the 30 Hour Famine can be found online at

Background: Since 1992, students have raised more than $130 million worldwide. In 2009, 30-Hour Famine raised close to $11 million. During 2010 more than half a million teens nationwide will participate and hope to raise $12 million contributing to World Vision’s response in countries worldwide where famine, conflict, and other crises make children vulnerable to hunger and preventable disease . Fundraising goals in Houston are based on the average donation of $1500 per group.  World Vision works in nearly 100 countries, helping approximately 100 million people. Visit or call 800-7-FAMINE for more information.

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty.  World Vision serves the world’s poor regardless of a person’s religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.  For more information, visit