AARP Members Pack Meals for the Hungry

Life@50+ Boston event yields 50,000 meals

Meal-Packing Venue

The AARP National Event and Expo, Life@50+, in Boston on May 8-10 included a meal-packing event, sponsored by Chase and its AARP Credit Card program, to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. AARP members and other volunteers packed nearly 50,000 meals over the course of three days; a special area on the convention floor was set aside for the meal packing.

David Sokol

Packaged Goods at the Ready

Tables lined with bags of rice, packages of pasta and canned goods await the meal-packers. Chase Card Services donated the food, part of 100,000 meals Chase is donating this year to support AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger.

David Sokol

Volunteers Get to Work

Some 250 AARP members took part in the meal packing, some working multiple shifts over the three days. The volunteers took bulk boxes of pasta and other foodstuffs and packed them into individual meal packs, each of which contained “nutritionally dense” food for one person.

Ian Cunningham

The Kitchen Cousins

Anthony Carrino (left) and John Colaneri, the “Kitchen Cousins” of HGTV, helped pack meals while adding some celebrity flair and frivolity to the event.

Ian Cunningham

“We have to take action – together.”

AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson thanked the volunteers for their good and important work, and drew attention to those being helped, the nearly 9 million 50+ adults at risk of hunger every day. “So many of these women and men have spent a good deal of their lives helping others. Yet now, very often, they suffer in silence,” she said. “Hunger is not their fault. It shouldn’t be their future. That means we have to take action — together.”

Ian Cunningham

Funds for the Food Bank

AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson (center) presents a check for $25,000 to the Greater Boston Food Bank, represented here by Catherine D’Amato, the food bank’s CEO and president. Also at the check presentation were (from left) Kitchen Cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, Chase Card Services General Manager Michael Rittler, and AARP Massachusetts State Director Michael Festa.

Ian Cunningham

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