BBYO teens pre-screen ‘Catching Fire,’ donate 17,000 pounds of food


November 25, 2013 202.507.7302,

Washington, DC – Last week, BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement, engaged nearly 7,000 teens in 32 communities across North America at pre-screenings of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to raise awareness about hunger. The teens organized food drives along with the showings, collecting over 17,000 pounds of food to donate to those experiencing hunger in their communities.

According to the Food Research and Action Center, in 2012, 49 million Americans faced hunger – 16 million of which were children. As a response to this and as part of BBYO Stand UP – BBYO’s grassroots service, advocacy and philanthropy initiative – BBYO teens chose hunger awareness and advocacy as their movement-wide cause this year.

“Hunger is often viewed as a foreign issue, but it’s not,” said Natalie Spring, BBYO’s Director of Campaigns and Leadership Initiatives. “Our teen leaders have worked hard to identify opportunities to raise awareness about this issue, and last week’s events will make a direct impact on hunger here at home.”

Each community that held a pre-screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire partnered with a local community organization(s), which will then sort, package and/or distribute the food to those in need.

Since the start of the school year, regions across BBYO’s International Order have been running local programs surrounding the issue of hunger and will continue to do so. Throughout the year, local BBYO teens and chapters create and manage local service and advocacy campaigns and connect with others worldwide working to support the same cause through the BBYO Stand UP website.

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.


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