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AARP’s National Event and Expo Trades Food Donations for Tickets


Sept. 22, 2010

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AARP’s National Event and Expo Trades Food Donations for Tickets

Orlando@50+ hosts food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida; Event attendees can trade one bag of food for free one-day event pass


Orlando, FL—AARP announced today it will host a food drive during Orlando@50+, its national event and expo, taking place Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Orange County Convention Center. Visitors to the event can deliver nonperishable food items to the Convention Center and in return will receive a free, one-day event pass. Food will be collected from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. AARP will work with Winter Park Health Foundation to deliver donated food to the local food pantries of Second Harvest Food Bank of Florida.

Twenty-one percent of Floridians report that at times in the last 12 months they have not had enough money to buy food that they or their family needed, according to the Food Resource and Action Center (FRAC). Nationally this year, six million older Americans will go hungry. The food drive at Orlando@50+ is part of AARP’s ongoing commitment to help alleviate hunger in older Americans.

“Hunger is a growing problem for older Floridians and people across the country,” said CB Wismar, AARP vice president of events. “AARP believes no one of any age should go hungry, and food drives like this one help ensure that older Americans get nutritious food on the table. We are really pleased to be able to do this and to give a bit more back to our host community.”

According to Second Harvest, local food pantries are most in need of the following nonperishable items:

* Canned tuna

* Canned fruit

* Chunky soups

* Canned meats

* Peanut Butter

* Rice

* Baby Food

* Canned vegetables

* Hot and cold cereals

* Nutritional drinks

* Nonfat dry milk

* Dried beans

* Oatmeal

* Evaporated milk

* Drinks

* Crackers

* Pasta/macaroni

* Diapers

* Beef Stew


Collection boxes will be located in the main lobby of the convention center, nearest the registration desk.

In Orlando, donation bags will be included the Sunday, Sept. 26 edition of the Orlando Sentinel, El Sentinel, and the Village Sun newspapers. Additionally, Sedanos Supermarket will have pre-filled bags available for purchase through Oct. 2.

To learn more about hunger in older Americans, to start or join a food drive or to access resources, visit

Orlando@50+ is a three-day event focused on helping the 50+ audience live their best life. The event will have something for everyone with entertainment, celebrities, experts and exhibits. In addition to three top-notch concerts and the always-popular dance party, attendees of Orlando@50+ will experience extensive exhibits; lifestyle, education and feature sessions; and health and fitness classes.  Gladys Knight, B.B. King, Crosby Stills & Nash, Whoopi Goldberg, Larry King, Los Lobos, Gloria Gaynor, “The Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, Martina Navratilova, Patty Loveless, Olympia Dukakis, Richie Havens, Los Lobos, Judy Collins, Marlo Thomas, Rob Reiner, and Jane Pauley are just some of the renowned personalities confirmed to appear at Orlando@50+. Additional information on Orlando@50+ can be found at

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.




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