Each year teens in Macon County commit to raising awareness for hunger by going 30 hours without food. The youth of First United Methodist Church lead the annual 30-Hour Famine event to not only raise awareness of hunger in our local community, but to shed light on the issue of world hunger.
This year, the youth of First United Methodist Church are joining with the town of Franklin to proclaim February Hunger Awareness Month to further their goal of reaching members of the community.
According to the proclamation, 842 million people - about one in eight - are hungry; and malnutrition causes nearly half of all deaths in children under five years old. Locally, 3,614 people were served by CareNet in 2014, with an average of seven visits each. There are 5,350 estimated food insecure people in Macon County and one in three Macon County children are considered to be food insecure.