A Lewis Center church youth group will go hungry for a good cause this weekend.

A Lewis Center church youth group will go hungry for a good cause this weekend.

About 20 members of the Northpointe Community Church youth group will participate in a 30-hour famine fundraiser beginning at noon Friday and lasting through Saturday afternoon.

"These kids are great. It was their suggestion to do this and they are very eager to make a difference in the world and in their community," said Josh Boyer, the youth pastor, who along with a few volunteers also will go without food.

The 30-hour famine is a program sponsored by World Vision, a Christian nonprofit relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide tackle the issues of poverty.

Since 1992, 30-Hour Famine has raised more than $100 million, according to www.30hourfamine.org.

World Vision provides some guidelines, but it is up to each youth group to decide how it will spend 30 hours without food.

Northpointe youth decided to start their famine during their lunch periods at school, in part as a way to educate their peers, Boyer said.

"When everyone else is eating lunch, they will be just starting the 30-hour clock," he said.

The group will spend Friday night together at the church and in addition to Bible study and team-building activities, will prepare for their service project planned for Saturday.

On Saturday morning the group will take canned food it has collected through Friday night at the church and will volunteer Saturday at a food bank run by Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio.

Famine participants will collect food through Friday night, and the public can drop off items at Northpointe, 7509 Storrington Place, Boyer said.

Northpointe is at the corner of Orange Road and U.S. Route 23.

The famine will end Saturday when participants take Holy Communion and then share in a dinner together, Boyer said.

"I can't say enough about these kids," he said. "This is a great church to connect with God and I've been so impressed by these kids."

For more information on Northpointe's food drive and the famine, contact Boyer at josh@northpointecc.com.