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BBYO Collects Food and Raises Awareness about Hunger

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On Thursday, Nov. 21, BBYO Lonestar Region brought together more than 200 middle school and high school students from across Houston to see an exclusive pre-screening of the new “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” movie and to raise awareness about hunger in the community. A food drive benefiting the Houston Food Bank was organized, along with the screening, and representatives from the Food Bank were on hand to discuss how hunger can be found right in Houston’s backyards.

Lonestar Region joined 32 other BBYO communities from across the country in engaging 7,000 teens through this screening. The 400 pounds of food collected at the Houston screening helped contribute to the 17,000 pounds of food collected through this project nationwide.

“The prescreening was an event that you couldn’t find outside of BBYO. It was great how we could not only see the movie, but also bring in canned goods for the hungry,” said Morgan Levy, 10th-grader, from Stephen S. Wise BBG.

Jason Diebner, sixth-grade BBYO Connect teen, agreed, “It was a great movie to watch, while also doing a mitzvah.

“It was cool seeing everyone I know donating cans, seeing how we can all come together and help out. ‘Catching Fire’ was incredible! I was already super excited to see it, but it was even more exciting that I was one of the first to see it in Houston!“ added Aly Shniderson, 12th-grader from Tikvah BBG and NFTY.

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