For parents

So what’s my child doing?

It might sound a little crazy to hear that your child is giving up food for 30 hours. But we've walked literally millions of students through this — and it's a life-changing experience.

Here are answers to some questions you might have (and if you've got more, feel free to contact your group leader or give us a call!).


Famine in action

How can I get involved as a parent?

Pray. Pray for your teen, their youth group, their leaders and volunteers, and the hungry kids whose lives will be changed through their efforts.

Spread the word. Post your child’s online fundraising page across all of your social media sites and email it to all of your friends and family.

Read the student materials (and ask your child if they’ve read ’em!).

Become a fasting buddy. Support your student by fasting alongside them (not necessarily from food). A shared experience can open up new avenues of conversation!

Host a fundraiser. Ask if you can help run and/or support fundraising activities leading up to Famine weekend.

Volunteer. If you’re a youth ministry veteran, you’ll have a blast. And if you’ve never been involved, the Famine is a great, easy way to give it a try.

Just ask your student’s leader! From minivan driving to event prep to cooking the break-the-fast meal, there’s a huge variety of ways you can help ensure that the Famine is a life-changing experience for participants.

Is fasting for 30 hours safe?

For most people, going without food for 30 hours is perfectly safe. There are a few exceptions — like kids under 12, the elderly, pregnant or nursing women, and people with certain medical conditions or eating disorders. The Famine is a juice fast, which means students are provided by their Famine leader with plenty of water and juice throughout the 30 hours. Some groups are more strict with their fasting than others, so check with the group leader to see exactly what they plan to provide for the students.

If you have any questions or concerns about fasting, check with a doctor before your student participates. Or, if a traditional fast won't work for your student, that's ok — we know it isn't possible for everyone. You can still encourage them to fast from something else, like technology, sleeping on a mattress, or drinking anything besides water. It will still be a good experience, even if they have to sneak away from the group to scarf down a sandwich!


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