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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 18: Actor Nick Offerman (L) and actress Amy Poehler speak during The Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring "Parks and Recreation" at the Dolby Theatre on March 18, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Tonight, the cast of the beloved NBC classic Parks and Recreation are reuniting for a one-off, new social distancing episode of the show (which aired its last episode in 2015). And in true Leslie Knope fashion, they’re doing it for a good cause: they’re hoping to raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

They’ve already raised a lot of money: State Farm and Subaru of America will each make matching donations of $150,000 and, combined with NBCUniversal and the writers/producers/cast of “Parks and Recreation,” a total of $500,000 in matching donations will be made through May 21.

All of the original characters from the series will return: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta, as well as a few guest stars, will appear. The episode takes place in the present: Leslie Knope is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing. Watch a clip of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) reconnecting via video chat, below. You won’t be surprised to learn that Ron has no problem with staying six feet away from other people: “I’ve been practicing social distancing since I was four years old.”

Leslie and Ron Catch Up While Social Distancing - A Parks and Recreation Special

Leslie, Ron and friends check in on each other during a challenging time as the cast of Parks and Recreation reunites for a special benefiting Feeding Americ...