Fighting Hunger Will Bring Sense of Mission to AARP Member Event

Meal packing and food donations highlight weekend’s charitable activities

Drive to End Hunger volunteer Robert Fraleigh helps pack meals at a recent event

AARP member Robert Fraleigh of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, helps pack meals at a recent Drive to End Hunger event.

There won’t be a race track in sight, but Drive to End Hunger will be going full speed ahead to fight senior hunger during the AARP National Event and Expo, Life@50+, on May 8-10 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Twice a year, AARP holds this member event to highlight everything the organization does, and this time around, Drive to End Hunger will be at center stage.

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Throughout the three event days, AARP members and other volunteers will pack 50,000 meals for the Greater Boston Food Bank. It’s the second of four meal-packing events being sponsored by Chase and its AARP Credit Card program. Chase is donating more than 100,000 meals this year as part of Drive to End Hunger, as well as raising up to $1 million by donating $0.25 to Drive to End Hunger every time someone uses the AARP Credit Card from Chase at a restaurant. On Friday, May 9, AARP Foundation will also present a $25,000 check to the Greater Boston Food Bank to support its efforts to feed Boston’s hungry seniors.

That’s not all that will be happening at Life@50+ to combat the problem of hunger in America. For several years, AARP Foundation has partnered with the National Letter Carriers Association in the nation’s largest one-day food drive, known as Stamp Out Hunger, in which people fill grocery bags with nonperishable food items to be picked up by their letter carrier. This year, AARP Massachusetts sent postcards and red Stamp Out Hunger bags to 900,000 households in the Greater Boston area, inviting residents to fill the bags with food and bring them to the event on Saturday, May 10; those who do so will receive a free one-day pass to Life@50+.

AARP and AARP Foundation launched Drive to End Hunger and joined forces with NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon in 2011 to address the staggering food needs of America’s struggling older adults, nearly 9 million of whom suffer from food insecurity every day. What does “food insecurity” mean? It means these older adults don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or whether they will be able to have that next meal at all. It means they make tough choices between food and rent or even medicine.

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So while Jeff and the #24 team will be pushing hard to win at the Kansas Speedway on May 10, the Drive to End Hunger and Chase teams will be providing meals for hungry seniors in Boston. For AARP members attending Life@50+ Boston, it will be a great chance not only to see AARP Foundation in action, but also to participate in that action and pay it forward as well.

Follow the conversation all weekend on Twitter with #lifeat50 and #endhunger.

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