Red Nose Day is returning for its second annual event today (May 26th), 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 two hour, live primetime TV special on NBC from 8 PM to 10 PM, featuring the biggest stars across comedy, music, TV and film. Funds raised go the Red Nose Day Fund which distributes the money through programs to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated.

Northeast Iowa Food Bank, in partnership, with Feeding America has been pre-selected as a charity that will benefit from the Red Nose Day campaign. In 2015, Northeast Iowa Food Bank received $10,000 dollars that went to the Summer Feeding Program, which provides food during the summer to kids at various sites in Black Hawk County and Waverly.

How can you help? On Thursday May 26th

  • Buy your Red Nose at Walgreens stores
  • Join the Fun-raising to help kids in need
  • Watch the Red Nose Day Special, a live two-hour primetime television event that brings together the biggest stars for a night of fun and laughs – all in the name of good cause.

NBC Thursday May 26th – 8:00 CST.

Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profits organization Comic Relief Inc. A register 501© 3 public charity. Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years.

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 in the world.

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.

This campaign is very important to our collective ability in raising awareness and funds needed to supporting the Summer Feeding Program. Last year we were able to serve 5,439 meals and 8,508 snacks in neighborhoods that had shown the most need. This year we are looking to increase our numbers because the need is increasing, so the financial support will greatly aid us in reaching out to those school children over the summer.”  - Barbara Prather, Northeast Iowa Food Bank Executive Director

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank provides nutritious food and grocery products, to about 200 nonprofit organizations and programs who assist the hungry, and to individuals who need food assistance to sustain life. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 7 million pounds of food to member agencies, programs and other food banks.

The Food Bank provides eight programs that serve the community-Member Agency Distribution, Cedar Valley Food Pantry, the BackPack Program, Kids Cafe, Elderly Nutrition, Mobile Food Pantries, Summer Feeding and a Community Garden. Encompassing all of these programs is nutrition education. The Food Bank is a member of the Iowa Food Bank Association and Feeding America. For more information visit

Northeast Iowa Food Bank