This year, Hunger Strike is a one-day retreat running from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM on Saturday, April 9, 2022 and is filled with fun activities and games, workshops, special services, and interesting talks from our wonderful leadership team! Sunday morning participants return to Skype with Tanzanian teens before Divine Liturgy and their presentation to the parish. REGISTER BELOW!


Open to all students & friends 6th to 12th grade

Sign Up for Hunger Strike


Please download and complete forms and return them on the day of the retreat


Save Lives. Love Your Neighbor. Send a Student to School.

Over the years Hunger Strike has raised more than $100,000 in order to provide food to hungry people, necessities to rural communities, medical supplies to medical clinics, and water wells in rural villages throughout Tanzania. However, one of the greatest things we can do is educate a student. So, this year the funds the teens raise will benefit St. Paul’s Mission Is Possible in Tanzania by sending deserving students to school. 

Education is not a right in many developing countries. Sound strange? Maybe, but education is not a guarantee in Tanzania. In fact, many students never go to Secondary School (the United States’ equivalent of high school) because public school is not free! Yet, the best way out of the cycle of poverty is to give someone an education.

So, this year Hunger Stike teens raise funds to benefit St. Paul’s Mission Is Possible in Tanzania by sending deserving students to school. 

“Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” – Anonymous

A year at St. Sosthenes Orthodox Secondary Boarding School costs approximately $600, which covers the cost of tuition, books, supplies, and room and board. We’re challenging Hunger Strike participants to raise at least $600 to help a deserving Tanzanian student achieve their dreams of an education. All scholarships will be based on need and academic achievement. Grade maintenance will be required to hold the scholarship. 





Most people are “plugged in” to their social media sites, spending hours a day engrossed in the constant stream of information, entertainment, and images that our phones and computers churn out. Ironically, being “plugged in” to Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, we run the risk of becoming disconnected from family, friends, our faith, and even reality. Hunger Strike is the perfect opportunity for young people to ‘unplug’ and get connected to what is most important, especially during Great Lent.

Teens will learn about the plight of the needy and poor in developing countries and even here in the United States. They’ll learn about those who hunger for hope, which we know is found in Christ. They’ll learn about how we, as Orthodox Christians, are called to go into the world (Matthew 28:19). To love our neighbor (Matthew 25:35) and to be a light in the world (Matthew 5:15). We are called to make a difference. Hunger Strike participants will also learn about Orthodox Christianity in a more personal and real way and experience the responsibility of belonging to the universal Church.



Standing up for what you believe in…for what is right… takes courage and strength. Hunger Strike participants will inspire their families, their neighbors, and their parish with their efforts to change the world around them and the lives of those around the world.

Fasting isn’t anything new to Orthodox Christians around the world. Fasting allows our hearts and minds to seek out that which truly nourishes us, Christ’s love, and is a tool as we grow closer to Christ in repentance and humility.

Most Hunger Strike participants will strive to fast from all food during the retreat in order to experience the fullness of the fast, to experience hunger firsthand, and to get a glimpse of life without food…At least for a day!

By participating in Hunger Strike, teens will have the opportunity to grow spiritually and connect emotionally, physically, and mentally with those around the world who live in vastly different circumstances.

primary-school-age children are still denied the right to education
226 million children do not attend secondary school
can send a student to a secondary boarding school for a year!
children who die EACH DAY from hunger alone
can feed a child in a developing country for a DAY!