03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Students Eat 600 Doughnuts For Charity, Internet Commenters Express Disgust

In an era in American history when much attention is paid to the plight of the unemployed, impoverished and hungry, one Illinois high school is a causing a stir with a gluttonous fundraiser.

Video published to YouTube shows high school students devouring doughnuts as part of a charity event. The winning contestants ate a calorie-filled 19 doughnuts.

Internet commenters are having a bit of a feeding frenzy of their own, criticizing this type of campaign at a time when so many Americans are going hungry. As Impact has reported, 49 million Americans experience food insecurity at some point during the year, including six million seniors.

Some of the comments on the YouTube video of the event:

This is both disgusting and ridiculous. Pass out those bloody donuts at a homeless shelter and let those college kids donate money instead! Even just a few dollars would be more effective than this nonsense.

Wow, Americans are becoming brain dead! Who the f--- thought this would be a good idea for charity!?

This is terrible. I feel bad for all the homeless people and the lower class who barely makes enough to eat 3 meals...