CHICAGO, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, has again been named as one of the beneficiaries of Red Nose Day.
Red Nose Day is returning for its second annual event on May 26, inviting the American public to come together to have fun and make a difference for kids who need help the most. The day's events will culminate in a star-studded TV event, The Red Nose Day Special, broadcast live from Los Angeles 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET, only on NBC.
Feeding America is one of the nonprofit organizations that will benefit from the national campaign. The nonprofit provides food and groceries to more than 46 million low-income individuals, including 12 million children, through a nationwide network of 200 food banks that serve 60,000 agencies, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and after-school programs.
"We are grateful that Feeding America has been selected as a beneficiary of Red Nose Day again this year," said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. "Research shows that children who experience hunger face significant stress and challenges that can have a lasting effect on their physical, cognitive and behavioral development. Red Nose Day will help the Feeding America network, which provides food and support to 12 million children each year."
In 2015, more than 100 celebrities lent their support to Red Nose Day's inaugural campaign in the U.S., with stars including Julia Roberts, Pharrell, Will Ferrell, Blake Shelton and Reese Witherspoon appearing on the NBC special. More than $23 million was raised for the Red Nose Day Fund to support nonprofit organizations, which is now at work in all 50 states and 15 countries internationally.
The Red Nose Day Fund addresses the immediate needs of children by making grants to organizations to keep kids safe, healthy and educated. Other charities that have been pre-selected as charity partners are Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children's Health Fund; Covenant House; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; The Global Fund; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America and Save the Children.
For more information, visit the Red Nose Day website www.rednoseday.org and follow @RedNoseDayUS on Twitter and @RedNoseDayUSA on Facebook and Instagram using #RedNoseDay.
About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day (rednoseday.org) is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc. (comicrelief.org), a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years, and in the UK has become a cultural phenomenon where people across the country come together to have fun, raise money and change lives. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015, dedicated to raising money to help children who are most in need, both in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world. Last year it benefited children and young people in all 50 states and in 15 countries internationally.
Red Nose Day returns this year on Thursday May 26, 2016. The day's events will culminate in a two-hour, live primetime TV special on NBC, featuring the biggest stars across comedy, music, TV and film. Funds raised go to the Red Nose Day Fund which distributes the money through programs to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated. Comic Relief, Inc. in the US and Comic Relief UK are independent sister organizations that are joined by their shared vision of a just world, free from poverty and the mission to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
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SOURCE Feeding America