FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2012
Hillary John or Jim Dau, (202) 434-2560
Steve Hahn, (919) 508-0271
AARP Foundation Presents the Drive to End Hunger Charlotte 1 Million
Volunteers needed to join NASCAR stars, celebrities for extraordinary meal packaging drive culminating in Charlotte to help older North Carolinians struggling with hunger.
WASHINGTON, DC – AARP Foundation announced that it is hosting the Drive to End Hunger Charlotte 1 Million, a series of events from May 22 – 25 that will package and donate 1 million meals to struggling families in North Carolina. Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, tennis legend Martina Navratilova and award-winning sports broadcaster James Brown are among the stars and celebrities participating in the event, which culminates at a two-day packaging event at the Charlotte Convention Center on May 24 – 25 during the Food Lion Speed Street festival.
“The Drive to End Hunger Charlotte 1 Million will help raise awareness and support for nearly 9 million older Americans facing the threat of hunger, while directly providing meals for people throughout North Carolina who struggle to put food on the table,” said Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. “We need your help, so come join us at the Charlotte Convention Center.”
As many as 3,500 volunteers are needed to participate at the Charlotte Convention Center to package meals that will be distributed to food banks across North Carolina. The event will feature on-site entertainment for volunteers, including music, comedy and trivia contests.
Volunteers will also be able to see and work alongside NASCAR stars and celebrities, including Jeff Gordon (Thursday, May 24), AARP Fitness Ambassador Martina Navratilova (Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25), and AARP Community Ambassador James Brown (Friday, May 25). Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information on the participation of additional celebrities.
For more information about volunteering, please visit www.drivetoendhunger.org/meals.
“With nearly one in every ten older North Carolinians in communities across the state struggling with hunger, the Drive to End Hunger Charlotte 1 Million is a great volunteering opportunity for families and fans of all ages,” said AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins. “We have a fantastic line-up of entertainment and stars – with more on the way in the coming weeks – that will allow volunteers to have fun while making a difference.”
The Drive to End Hunger Charlotte 1 Million is proudly sponsored by Chase Card Services, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co., whose logo will also appear on the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet on May 27th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“I’ve won races like the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400, but I’ve never been in a race to 1 million,” said Gordon. “Come on down with your friends and family so we can win this thing together.”
To get involved or for more information, please visit www.drivetoendhunger.org/meals.
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.