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Remarks by Jo Ann Jenkins DTEH

Remarks by Jo Ann Jenkins

President, AARP Foundation

Drive to End Hunger Press Conference

Charleston, West Virginia

January 10, 2011

Thank you very much, Gaylene.  And thank you, Governor Tomblin for taking part and taking a strong leadership role on this issue.

What a terrific way this is for all of us to start off the New Year.

I hope we’ve gotten you revved up with the Number 24 Car—and now I want to tell you about how West Virginians can make a big difference in the Drive to End Hunger.  

There are many ways people in this state can get involved.  

AARP is sponsoring a statewide food drive in West Virginia.  You’ll see bins at BB&T, at Ginos, and at Tudors.  

You can drop food in these bins all year long and the food will go to Mountaineer Food Bank and Huntington Food Bank.  

You can see here on the stage what one of these bins looks like.

I want to thank the partners who are participating:  BB&T, Ginos, and Tudors.  Could representatives from these organizations please stand so we can recognize you?

And there’s more that we can all do together.

The goal is to have 1000 West Virginians pledge to do something every month to combat hunger.

In about a minute, we’ll be passing out the pledge.  Here is what it says:

I pledge to help make a difference in fighting senior hunger.

Once a month this year, I pledge to:

* Text “hunger” to #50555 to donate $10.

* Volunteer at my local food pantry or soup kitchen, or

* Donate non-perishable food to my local food pantry

We certainly welcome any and all support throughout the year.  If you take any of these steps at any time, it will put food on the table for older Americans who are hungry.  

And for anyone not here who is watching or listening to us, you can sign the pledge on Facebook.  Just go to, and you’ll find it.

What we are doing here today will improve people’s lives in this state and inspire people in other states to take action against hunger.  

No one anywhere in America should have to go hungry.  

You’ll see volunteers passing out pledge forms that they will collect.  I encourage you to sign on and help to end hunger.

And now I’d like to invite Governor Tomblin and Gaylene to sign the pledge.


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