You’re invited to join AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins and community, business, civic and religious leaders from across the state to celebrate our common heritage of humanitarian action at the sixth annual Iowa Hunger Summit, organized by the World Food Prize Foundation on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Des Moines Marriott.
Inspired by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Iowa hero Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, and with Governors Terry Branstad, Chet Culver, Tom Vilsack and Robert Ray serving as honorary co-chairs, the Iowa Hunger Summit is an all-day event highlighting our state's impact in fighting hunger.
Ms. Jenkins will deliver this year's morning keynote address for the Hunger Summit, “Senior Hunger in America: An Analysis and a Call to Action.” Nationwide, nearly 9 million people age 50 and over are at risk of hunger every day, including one in seven older Iowans. The AARP Foundation has addressed hunger nationally among older Americans through initiatives such as Drive to End Hunger.
The AARP Foundation, AARP’s charitable arm, is dedicated to helping struggling, low-income older Americans meet their basic needs for food, shelter and medical care so they, too, can age with dignity. The AARP Foundation serves more than 5 million vulnerable seniors every year. AARP Iowa has been recruiting volunteers to help get food-insecure seniors signed up for nutrition assistance as a part of Drive to End Hunger.
Even if you can’t make it to this year’s Hunger Summit, we hope you will go online and share your efforts as an individual or organization to fight hunger in your community and around the world.