FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2011
Drive to End Hunger Congratulates Jeff Gordon on Top Five Finish at Martinsville
Initiative has organized donations to provide more than 290,000 meals to hungry seniors
Washington – AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins released this statement following Jeff Gordon's fifth place finish at Martinsville Speedway:
“Congratulations to Jeff and the entire No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet team on a fantastic finish this weekend. We are so pleased that in just the first few weeks of the race season—with the help of Jeff and fans around the country—AARP Foundation through Drive to End Hunger has organized food and cash donations to provide more than 290,000 meals through local food banks. We wish Jeff good luck in Texas, and we look forward to seeing him back in the Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet at Talladega in a couple of weeks."
Last week, AARP Foundation also made a $10,000 donation on behalf of Drive to End Hunger to Feeding America of Southwest Virginia. The food bank can feed seven hungry seniors for every one dollar donated.
Drive to End Hunger is a national effort led by AARP and AARP Foundation to end hunger among older Americans. Through AARP’s sponsorship of the No. 24 Chevrolet, AARP Foundation will engage the NASCAR fan base, corporations and charitable organizations via a text-to-donate program; activation at racetracks across the country; further research on the causes and consequences of hunger in older Americans; and an innovative national grant program that will provide resources to address the problem at a local level.
Race fans and the public can learn more or donate to Drive to End Hunger by visiting www.DriveToEndHunger.org.
AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. The Foundation is dedicated to serving vulnerable people 50+ by creating solutions that help them secure the essentials and achieve their best life. AARP Foundation focuses on: hunger, housing, income and isolation as our key mission areas. The Foundation envisions: ‘a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable.’ Foundation programs are funded by grants, tax-deductible contributions and AARP. For more information about AARP Foundation, please log on to www.aarp.org/foundation.
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