Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley announced today that it has received a $10,989.94 grant from the Red Nose Day Fund, which will be used to support children at risk of hunger through various child hunger programs including BackPack and School Pantries. This latest contribution from Red Nose Day will impact more than 1,825 children in need in the Mahoning Valley.
Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises awareness and money to end child poverty, supporting programs that help to keep kids safe, healthy and educated. The grant for Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is one of 200 provided this year by the Red Nose Day Fund to Feeding America® member food banks.
“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,” said Michael Iberis, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank. “We are very grateful for the support we receive through Red Nose Day, which helps us provide food and support throughout Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.”
Since launching in the US in 2015, over $4.5 million of Red Nose Day funds have been allocated to Feeding America to support child hunger initiatives. Funds go to all partner organizations in the national Feeding America network, which spans every county in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
According to the USDA, one in six children in the US is food insecure, meaning that 13 million children lack regular and easy access to safe, nutritionally adequate food. The Feeding America network of food banks provides 3.7 billion meals annually. To learn more about Feeding America and hunger in your community, please visit FeedingAmerica.org.