Media CenterVirtual Press Conference: CRS Launches Campaign To Tackle Global Hunger Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Nikki Gamer
Catholic Relief Services
[email protected]
(978) 884-0003

 

Virtual Press Conference:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Launches Campaign
To Tackle Global Hunger Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
Thursday, May 14, 2020
10:00 – 10:45 AM EST

 

WHAT:       

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on global hunger, Sean Callahan, president & CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), will launch the “Lead the Way on Hunger” campaign, a multi-year effort to raise awareness, encourage fundraising and promote advocacy on the issue of hunger impacting hundreds of millions of people overseas.

 

WHO:

Sean Callahan, CRS president & CEO
Daniel Mumuni, CRS Sierra Leone

 

WHEN:

Thursday, May 14, 2020
10 a.m. EST/7 a.m. PST

 

WHERE:

In accordance with physical distancing guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control, this press briefing will be conducted virtually through an online teleconferencing system.

If you wish to participate in this media conference, you must register by 5 p.m. on May 13, 2020. Please register here. Additional details and a teleconferencing link will be provided via email once an RSVP is received.

Attendees will have the opportunity to have their questions answered during the conference.

 

BACKGROUND:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the global aid agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, is inviting American Catholics and others of goodwill to join and support its “Lead the Way on Hunger” campaign, a multi-year effort to increase donations and advocacy on the issue.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, 135 million people around the world experienced acute hunger. Now, because of disruptions caused by the virus, the United Nations World Food Program is estimating the number of people suffering from acute hunger will almost double by the end of this year, totaling 265 million people.

During this press event, CRS’ president & CEO Sean Callahan will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on global food security. He’ll also talk about CRS’ work, and about how supporters can join the campaign and stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters overseas during the COVID-19 global pandemic and beyond with their donations and by raising their voice with advocacy efforts.

 

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Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. For more information, visit www.crs.org or www.crsespanol.org and follow Catholic Relief Services on social media in English at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube; and in Spanish at: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Tags: Hunger, Nutrition
Nikki Gamer

Media Relations Manager

Nikki Gamer
May 12, 2020

Based in Baltimore, MD

Nikki is the Media Relations Manager for CRS and connects journalists to regional stories and sources related to the agency’s life-saving development work. Previously, Nikki worked as the Communications Officer for the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia. She has covered CRS’ response to the Syrian refugee crisis and the mass displacement of...More