In the United States, the poverty rate for children under 18 was 21.1 percent in 2014 and the number of children in poverty was 15.5 million. Children represented 23.3 percent of the total population and 33.3 percent of people in poverty (DeNavas-Walt 2015.) The USDA defines "food insecurity" as the lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members. In 2011, households with children reported a significantly higher food insecurity rate than households without children: 20.6% vs. 12.2%. Food insecurity exists in every county in America. In 2013, 17.5 million households were food insecure. More than 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level – $23,550 a year for a family of four. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses. Using this standard, 45% of children live in low-income families. My name is Danny Holderby, and I live in Charleston, WV. Growing up in Appalachia, I saw poverty all around me. As a kid, I didn't really understand what "being poor" meant even though for all intents and statistical purposes, I was poor. But there were many kids in my school who had it much worse than I did. They came to school hungry, with holes in their clothes and shoes, and often without having been able to take a shower or brush their teeth that morning. I grew up, went off to college at Marshall University, and became a teacher. When I started working, I saw that there were several of my students affected by poverty. Now, i have the opportunity to do something about it... #RedNoseDay seeks a just world free from poverty with a goal to change and save the lives of millions of children who need us the most in the U.S. and around the world. Over the last 25 year, #RedNoseDay has raised over $1 billion globally in support of charities such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Covenant House, Feeding America, National Urban League, Children's Health Fund, and Save The Children. Half of the money distributed by Red Nose Day 2016 will be spent right here in the U.S. The other half will be spent in some of the poorest communities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. In addition to raising money, I will be wearing a Red Nose on Thursday, May 26, and taking selfies, and posting them to Facebook, Instagram (@dannyholderby), and Twitter (@dannyholderby) Please consider supporting me in my efforts to help support projects that ensure kids are safe, healthy, and educated. My goal is to raise $500.00 this year. It isn't much, but when combined with the efforts of others it makes a BIG impact. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. In addition, if you leave your Twitter handle in the comments section when you donate, I will be sure to tweet a shoutout to you! Thank you so much!