Over 79 youth and 80 adult volunteers participated in this year's 30-Hour Famine sponsored by First United Methodist Church in Franklin.
As of February 27, $1,010.09 and 5,155 cans of food has been collected by the youth for Franklin's CareNet, and donations are still being received. 440 backpacks were filled as part of CareNet's backpack program, which will go to children in need in Macon County schools.
The “souper-bowl” a soup fundraiser also raised $579.47 for CareNet.
The group also raised $1,431.14 for World Vision, which will help feed people in impoverished countries around the world.
Macon County youth began fasting at noon on Friday as part of the 30-Hour famine. The group built cardboard houses to sleep in the night before they set out on a Peace March around downtown Franklin and to collect cans on Saturday morning.
The event ended at 6 p.m. on Saturday when the group broke their fast over a meal. Photo by Vickie Carpenter