A Letter from Our CEO: Everyone should have a full plate this holiday season
2020 has been a year unlike any other — one defined by the unpredictable, unprecedented, and unimaginable.
Earlier this year, as it became clear just how much the pandemic would change the world, my mind immediately went to how the crisis would impact the children in communities Red Nose Day serves. If schools shut, how would children who rely on free and nutritious school meals get enough to eat? If the economy turned, what would happen to families already living paycheck-to-paycheck?
Then, in May our community stepped up beyond what I could have ever imagined — the response to Red Nose Day’s spring campaign was incredible. Thanks to your generosity, our partners are already hard at work protecting children from the worst impacts of the crisis.
Now, as the holiday season approaches, I reflect on what this time of year should look like: joy, celebration, sharing home-cooked meals around the table with loved ones. Yet with food insecurity on the rise, my thoughts also turn to how the upcoming holidays will be deeply challenging for millions of families facing hunger.
This is why we are proud to launch The Full Plate Project, a program of Red Nose Day.
In 2020, as many as 265 million people globally could be facing acute hunger. And in the U.S., it’s estimated that up to 1 in 4 children will experience food insecurity before the year ends. That means there could be up to 18 million children living in households unable to put food on the table each day.
No child can thrive on an empty stomach, and no family should ever have to choose between feeding their child, seeing the doctor, or keeping the lights on. But these are the difficult realities facing millions today. We cannot stand by as this crisis worsens.
Through The Full Plate Project, Red Nose Day is raising funds to provide meals and critical treatment for malnourished children in partnership with high-impact organizations working across the U.S. and around the world. And because food insecurity is a deep, persistent, and pervasive issue, we’re also investing in long-term solutions that will strike at its roots.
A holiday meal provided by The Full Plate Project means more than food for a child who might otherwise go hungry — it also represents a sense of community, comfort, and hope during a time of tremendous uncertainty. For millions, this time of year will be especially difficult, but by supporting the Full Plate Project by Red Nose Day, each of us can do our part to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families who are struggling this holiday season.
I think if there's one thing this year has shown us, it is that we must all look out for one another. I hope you’ll stand with us.
Alison Moore, CEO, Comic Relief US
We are taking action this holiday season. Join us.
Your donation has the power to provide a nourishing meal or help treat and prevent malnutrition. For children urgently in need, this work is critical. Let’s come together to make a difference for children and families facing hunger and food insecurity this holiday season.
Learn More About Food Insecurity
Want to learn more about how access to healthy, consistent meals can change a child’s life, or how to tell the difference between hunger and food insecurity? Check out our blog posts below.
News 28 Oct 2020What’s the Difference Between Hunger and the Effects of Food Insecurity?
News 01 Nov 20208 Facts About Food Insecurity and Child Hunger in America
News 01 Nov 20209 Child Hunger Facts from Around the World
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