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Red Nose Day brings awareness to hunger in Tennessee Valley

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You may have seen red noses popping up through social media. It's a "fun-raiser" called Red Nose Day, which will be celebrated on May 21, to help bring awareness to childhood hunger across America.

But the problem hits closer to home, with thousands of kids right here in the Tennessee Valley going hungry every single day. It's a local issue as much as it is a national one across America, 1 in 5 children face hunger; in our region, 1 in 4 do. That's why Red Nose Day is partnering with Feeding Across America to help provide meals to these families. Every year they feed 12 million kids, some of them, right here in Chattanooga.

"Locally in Chattanooga and our 20 county service area we've got about 65 thousand kids who are unsure everyday where their next meal is coming from," said Jessica Sullivan, Chattanooga Food Bank.

Not getting enough nutrition can have negative effects on a child's physical and emotional development. "The need here is very real and I think it's something people don't think about all the time," said Sullivan.

As the summer months roll in, those same kids are more at risk without school lunches. "Summer hunger is one of those things, there's not an easy answer to because all the kids aren't in one spot. When they're in school they get free and reduced lunches at school,” said Sullivan.

While every county has a hunger problem, counties like Meigs, Grundy and Marion are three they say are more at risk, with few programs in place to help with summer hunger. "We take our staff and some resources out to those communities and we work with volunteers that are local to get the food to them," said Sullivan.

So they may help fill the bellies of every child. "They have no control over the situation that they're in," said Sullivan.

You can help fight against hunger, by clicking here.

50 percent of proceeds go to children in the U.S., the other 50 will go to help children in the poorest countries.

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