QC youth forgo food to help hungry people

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After going without food for 30 hours a group of Quad Cities youth learned what it was truly like to feel hunger, while helping the hungry.

Youth at St. Paul Lutheran church in Davenport participated in a 30-hour famine from 7:30 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2013 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. On Saturday the group packaged meals for Kids Against Hunger, before breaking their fast with a meal together that afternoon.

“It’s hungry hands helping hungry people,” said participant Ana Wells. She said during the famine she got a sense of what it would be like to live that way. “During our final worship we could hear people’s stomachs growling and just thinking of people in Africa who go through that every day, it would be as normal as hearing somebody’s bag of chips opening in class… it was kind of an “ah-ha” moment.”

A supervisor of the famine, Rachel Evans, said she had done meal packing in the past, but never during a 30-hour famine.

“It was interesting to see that I was hungry and the next hands this food was going to touch was also a hungry person,” Evans said. “That was a neat experience I’d never had before with meal packing.”

About 150 people signed up to help with the meal packing.