Charity, Television, What to Watch
Apr 30, 2020

Parks & Recreation Special Airing Tonight!

Parks & Recreation is returning tonight, April 30th at 8:30pm for a scripted, one-time special to benefit Feeding America: www.feedingamerica.org/parksandrec

A Parks and Recreation Special airs Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and will be available on demand the next day. The story comes from the events of the day – Pawnee’s most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing. This is the perfect time to catch up with your favorite tv co-workers while also donating to a great cause, committed to helping those facing hard times during Covid19.

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Collectively, NBC, the cast, writers and producers and sponsors Subaru and State Farm are giving $500K in matching donations. NBC encourages everyone to donate at www.feedingamerica.org/parksandrec to ensure that every donation is counted towards our match. The donation site is open now!  www.feedingamerica.org/parksandrec

All of the original characters from the series will return in the 30-minute special, played by original cast members Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta. (In addition, several guest stars from the Pawnee universe may pop in.) 

The story comes from the events of the day – Pawnee’s most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing.

“Like a lot of other people, we were looking for ways to help and felt that bringing these characters back for a night could raise some money,” said executive producer Michael Schur. “I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes. Our old ‘Parks and Rec’ team has put together one more 30-minute slice of (quarantined) Pawnee life and we hope everyone enjoys it. And donates!”

“In such uncertain times, we can’t think of anyone better than Leslie Knope to unite our country with her unbridled enthusiasm and compassion,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “A huge thank you to Mike Schur and the cast of ‘Parks and Recreation’ for putting this wonderful special together and bringing a smile to all our faces while raising money for such a worthwhile cause.”

The telecast was created to raise funds for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which will enable food banks to secure the resources they need to serve the most vulnerable members of the community during this difficult time. In the spirit of Leslie Knope and do-gooders everywhere, please go to www.feedingamerica.org/parksandrec.