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Teens live in poverty to raise awareness

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RICHLAND, Wash.—28 teens in Richland not only raised money for hungry children around the world this weekend, but they also raised awareness of the problem by living in poverty.

This past weekend teens from Richland Church of the Nazarene went without food to get a taste of what the world's poorest children and families face everyday.  They were also asked to go door to door collecting non-perishable food items, raise money that will go to hungry children and sleep in make-shift cardboard boxes overnight.

"30 hours of that without food is really nothing to us compared to what some struggle with.  We've had some interesting conversations about how we feel like we're hungry or starving but that's nothing like what people who have to go without food and it's not a choice," says Ted Voigt, volunteer.

The teens raised more than $2,000.  A portion will go to families in the United States but mostly to the hungry around the globe.