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You Can Help Fight Hunger in Your Neighborhood

It takes just a little to give back a lot, and no matter where you live, you can help fight hunger in your community Sept. 9-15.

See Also: Drive to End Hunger

The AARP Virginia Statewide Community Food Drive begins Sept. 9, the day after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Richmond. At the race on Sept. 8, Jeff Gordon will be supporting AARP’s efforts to end hunger by driving the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet.

More than 150 collection sites statewide will accept food for community food banks and food pantries Sept. 9-15. People across the Commonwealth are organizing food drives in their communities that week to aid local food charities.

You can help right where you live. Individuals and organizations interested in joining the effort can spearhead a food collection event in their community. They can also help by identifying food collection sites, getting the word out about the food drive and staffing food collection sites. It’s a great project for clubs, faith organizations, schools and other groups.

Individuals and organizations interested in joining the statewide food drive effort should contact Stephanie Gossett via email at

Nearly 6% of seniors in Virginia are at risk of hunger; more than 17% of Virginians have reported that there had been times in the past 12 months when they did not have enough money to buy food.

AARP Virginia has been holding a statewide food drive for four years. For the statewide food drive this year, AARP Virginia has teamed up with AmeriCorps Virginia, Federation of Virginia Food Banks, Ruritan and TRIAD.

To find a food collection site in your community, visit or call 2-1-1 after August 9.

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