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Hunger is Not a Game: Teens Work to Raise Awareness About Hunger

November 4, 2013

Washington, DC – Hunger is not a game. It is a daunting reality, and the numbers are staggering – in 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 16.7 million of them children. On November 10-12, 2013, 80 teens will travel to Detroit, Michigan to learn how to best raise awareness about this issue and advocate for those in need at Hunger is Not a Game: A Teen Issue Summit on Hunger Awareness and Advocacy, hosted by BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement.

The Summit participants are members of BBYO’s high school leadership programs – the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) for young men and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) for young women – from across the North America. In Detroit, the teens will participate in hands-on service projects at three of the area’s leading food banks; take part in an interactive simulation to help convey what it's like to live in poverty for a month; see hunger in a whole new way through a “hunger banquet;” and work with Mazon, a Summit partner, on the Paper Plate Campaign. As a teen-led and staff supported organization, BBYO offers programming that is inspired by the interests of today’s teens. Brittany Bruck, a junior from Duluth, GA; Jordan Kotler, a junior from Clarksville, MD; Daniel Roth, a junior from Pacific Palisades, CA; and Michael Vivier, a senior from Plano, TX, are the AZA and BBG members who are serving as the program coordinators and will facilitate, with staff support, sessions throughout the Summit. Participants will return home with the tools to advocate for those who suffer from hunger and new skills and knowledge to be able lead similar programs in their own communities.

“Lots of Americans think of hunger as a foreign issue, but it’s not,” said Daniel Roth. “It’s time for us to raise awareness about and advocate for the millions who struggle with hunger right here at home. Together, we can make an impact.”

As part of BBYO Stand UP, BBYO’s grassroots service, advocacy and philanthropy initiative, the Hunger is Not a Game summit is designed to help teens create their own local service, advocacy and philanthropy campaigns on this and similar issues. Other partners include the American Jewish World Service, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners Community Food Bank, United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Yad Ezra.

About BBYO

BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For 90 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, high school fraternity) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, high school sorority) have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.

Please note that BBYO should not be referred to as the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, but rather as “BBYO.”

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