Food Bank volunteers fight childhood hunger during "Red Nose Day"

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - Local volunteers are taking part in Red Nose Day by helping kids have full tummies.

Volunteers at the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) are packing food kits for school-aged children on Thursday in honor of Red Nose Day.

“It's a fun way to raise awareness of a serious issue,” says Kim Harkness, Director of Operations at Greater Lansing Food Bank. “Food is what allows children to grow into successful adults. GLFB uses funds donated during this event to support children's food programs."

Red clown noses are worn to highlight that children should be playing and laughing rather than worrying about hunger and other poverty related issues.

Red Nose Day is a national campaign. Money raised is granted to food banks, as well as other charities.

Red Nose Day is an annual fundraising initiative which culminates in a celebrity filled telethon on NBC.

Individuals looking to get involved can share social media posts with the tag #RedNoseDay, or they can visit to make a donation to fight children’s hunger.

The Red Nose Day telethon airs on May 24 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Sponsors of the event include Walgreens, M&M’s and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.