It's the first year AARP Colorado, with support from the Foundation, joined ARC Thrift Stores and KMGH-TV to help push donations over the top.
See Also: Drive to End Hunger
The 2012 Feed Colorado Food Drive collected more than 168 tons of food that filled 10 trailers and will create more than 3,600 food boxes.
"This is simply remarkable," said AARP Colorado State Director Morie Smile. "Instead of hosting separate food drives, we joined forces and the response was more than we could have hoped for this summer."
Donations surpassed the organizers' goal by more than 20 tons of food, also beating out last year's goal.
The 12th Annual event broke all previous records for food collection. The food will be distributed to more than 75 local food banks and shelters.
The need for food is staggering. Colorado ranks 28th in the nation for food insecurity and more than 12 percent are food insecure, meaning they can't afford nutritious meals, according to ARC Thrift Stores. Nationally, Nearly 9 million Americans 50 and older face the risk of hunger according to research commissioned by AARP Foundation.
In addition, AARP Foundation is working to end hunger among older Americans through its Drive to End Hunger campaign. The effort is raising awareness of hunger in America and collecting donations to end the crisis. To date, the Foundation has donated more than 3 million meals through local hunger relief organizations, including Feeding America member food banks. The Foundation also recently announced a grant-making program to fund innovative hunger-fighting efforts across the country.