There are more than nine million Americans over the age of 50 who do not have enough to eat, and that number is on the rise. Hunger among older Americans age 50+ has spiked nearly 80 percent since 2001. By 2025, the number of hungry older people could be closer to the population of North Carolina – the home of NASCAR.
Chase has just announced its renewed commitment to eliminating older adult hunger in America, teaming up on Drive to End Hunger with Jeff Gordon, AARP and AARP Foundation.
Older adult hunger is a tremendous problem and Chase Card Services wants to contribute to helping find a solution. New Chase research shows that older Americans are ready and more than willing to give back to those in need. In fact, older Americans give to charities and other important causes more generously than most other Americans.
Chase built The AARP® Visa® Card from Chase in response to what customers told them they wanted from a credit card great rewards. Then it added a new and very popular feature – a simple way for our customers to give back. Now, with each swipe of their card, card members donate $.03 to the AARP Foundation for Drive to End Hunger, and for each new account opened, Chase will donate $1 to the campaign - up to $2 million in 2012. Through this same approach in 2011, Chase contributed an estimated 750,000 meals for older Americans in need.
Chase Card Services also increased its sponsorship of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet from two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2011 to five throughout the country in 2012.
“We’re excited to continue supporting AARP Foundation through Drive to End Hunger and we are looking forward to having a greater presence through Jeff Gordon and the sponsorship of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet,” said Ralph Pinto, Senior Director, Chase Card Services.
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.