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Students Hold 30-Hour Famine

Friday, September 19, 2008 (Fort Myers, FL) This weekend, fifteen Bishop Verot Catholic High School students will spend 30-hours fasting for a cause. Starting Friday, September 19 at 7:30 A.M., the teens will fast in an effort to raise awareness among their peers about global hunger.

Students gather and seperate canned goods from religion class in preperation for their trip the the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Catholic Charities.  Many area food banks are reporting empty shelves due to the economic downturn in our area.Over the past week students participating in the famine have collected canned food from their fellow classmates and will bring these items to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Catholic Charities on Friday afternoon where many of the shelves go bare due to the overwhelming demand in our own community. Students participating in the 30-Hour Famine will return to campus on Friday evening and hold a prayer service for all those around the world who go hungry. On Saturday morning, students will volunteer their time at the Community Cooperative Ministries Soup Kitchen in Fort Myers helping to feed area families.

Nita Greenwell, the schools service coordinator and organizer of the 30-Hour Famine said, “We participate in the famine to raise awareness about global hunger. In the end, I hope we do not focus on our own experience with fasting, but on how this awareness can guide us and others towards continual efforts to improve the lives of the marginalized.”

This is the third year that Bishop Verot students have participated in the 30-Hour Famine. The idea was first introduced to the school in 2006 by Verot Alumna Stephanie Dickson ’08 who led the first 30-Hour Famine with 15 of her classmates.