FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2012
AARP Media Relations
AARP and AARP Foundation Join Other National Organization to Help “Stamp Out Hunger”
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – To tackle the serious issue of hunger faced by millions of older adults, AARP and AARP Foundation today announced that on Saturday, May 12, they are joining the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service’s 20th annual food drive to help “Stamp Out Hunger.”
On the second Saturday in May each year, in America’s largest single day food drive, known officially as Stamp Out Hunger, letter carriers across the country pick up bags of non-perishable food products left for them by households on their usual routes—and deliver those donations to local food banks and pantries.
“Nearly 9 million adults age 50 and older are uncertain where their next meal may be coming from, so the time is now to put an end to this issue,” said AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins. “We encourage everyone who can to join us in this critical cause to fill a bag with food, leave it by your mailbox, and help someone in need.”
Last year, according to the NALC, letter carriers collected over 70 million pounds of food—raising the total amount of donations, over the history of the food drive, to more than 1.1 billion pounds.
AARP Foundation’s participation in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive aligns with one of the Foundation’s overall initiatives to feed those who are hungry now, while also developing long-term, sustainable solutions to the root causes of hunger among those 50 and older.
Drive to End Hunger is AARP and AARP Foundation’s multipronged focus on the problem of older adult hunger in America. For more information about Drive to End Hunger and to see how you can help Stamp Out Hunger, go to www.DrivetoEndHunger.org/fillthebag.
About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is the charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org