Food Bank kicks off 24-hour telethon


The 24-hour telethon aims to raise awareness, funds and food as part of Hunger Action Month, a national movement sponsored by Feeding America. Last year's telethon raised $20,000 for the Food Bank.

The Food Bank serves a 34-county area that has 560,000 people living at or below the poverty line. Almost the same amount of people are just one event away from needing emergency food assistance, according to the nonprofit organization.

The goal of this year's telethon is to raise $50,000 and 5,000 pounds of food -- which would make nearly 255,000 meals for those in need.

Throughout Friday evening and into Saturday, the telethon will include activities like yoga, dance lessons, magicians, live music and appearances from the Carolina Rollergirls and Carolina Railhawks at Food Bank's Raleigh warehouse on Tarheel Drive.

The public is welcome to attend, however, some events do require sign up.

For a complete schedule of events, interviews, and appearances or to tune in to the telethon, visit

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