Twenty-three youths and nine adults from First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan participated in the "30 Hour Famine" Oct. 18 and 19.

The "30 Hour Famine" is a nationwide program to raise awareness for those around the world who go hungry and/or die from starvation each year. The program challenges youth to do something locally and internationally to help relieve hunger, all in a 30-hour period while fasting.

The youths began by walking from the church to the Food Emporium Friday night, where they were given a list of items most needed at the New Canaan Food Pantry. With a budget and a goal -- to buy as much food as possible to help local residents in need -- they went shopping, returning to the church with the food.

After a long night of sleeping on the floor, they went to the Feed My Starving Children event where they packed 3,024 meals, which will be shipped to Kenya to aid in hunger relief.

After 30 hours of not eating, most youths reported they were light headed, grumpy and hungry.

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