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STUDIO CITY, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actors Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Marietta Sirleaf, Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Jim O'Heir and Nick Offerman attend the NBC "Parks And Recreation" 100th Episode Celebration at CBS Studios - Radford on October 16, 2013 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Parks and Rec. to host reunion episode for charity

Get ready to return to Pawnee for one night only! Parks and Rec is hosting a reunion episode to raise money for charity to benefit Feeding America. 

By: Cami Mondeaux

NBC announced Thursday it would be hosting a “Parks and Recreation Special” which will feature the entire original cast. It will be a scripted 30-minute episode of the comedy you know and love.

Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta are all set to participate, with some special guest stars in the works.

It will air April 30 at 8:30 p.m. EST.

The episode will feature Leslie Knope (Poehler) who is trying to stay in contact with her friends amid the coronavirus pandemic through social distancing. It takes place more then five years after the series went off the air.

“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 in a statement. “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!”

Funds will be raised that will be used to provide relief for families in need, and to support food banks that have dealt with increased demand.

“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 at NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “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.”

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