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AARP’s Annual Day of Service Focuses on Hunger Awareness

Each year AARP designates one day as its Day of Service, a day for staff and volunteers to serve their communities in a variety of ways. This year, AARP’s Day of Service is Sept. 9 and on that day we will focus on hunger, particularly senior hunger. Of the 51 million Americans who face the threat of hunger, nearly six million are over the age of 60. In Kansas, more than 5 percent of seniors are at risk of hunger and 17 percent of Kansas residents of all ages reported they did not have enough money to buy food last year.

In early June, we got a jump on our work to raise hunger awareness when AARP Kansas teamed up with the Kansas Food Bank in Wichita and Wichita Dillons stores to raise money and food as part of AARP’s the Drive to End Hunger campaign, is a multi-year commitment to solve the problem of hunger in older Americans. With the attraction of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon’s #24 show car, Wichita area residents generously gave food and money to help those who are hungry.

Harvesters food bank, which serves food pantries in northeast Kansas, also benefited from AARP efforts at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City during NASCAR races June 3-5 with food donations brought to the track by race goers and a contribution of rescued food from the Speedway.

In addition both food banks were presented $10,000 checks from the AARP Foundation as part of the nationwide Drive to End Hunger and the partnership with Jeff Gordon and Hendricks Motorsports.

On September 9, AARP’s Day of Service, AARP staff, volunteers and members will serve meals at the Lord’s Diner in Wichita. Each day, the Lord’s Diner serves between 300 and 400 meals to those who would otherwise go hungry. Opportunities are also available to stuff food boxes at the Kansas Food Bank. Anyone who would like to help with these efforts should contact AARP Kansas at 866-448-3619 or e-mail ksaarp@aarp.org.

0ther hunger-related opportunities are available throughout the state. Volunteers can do their own food drives by working with their local food pantry or volunteer with Meals on Wheels to deliver hot meals to older residents in their community. Many AARP chapter members throughout the state are involved in hunger-related activities.

What are you doing to help alleviate hunger? Let us know by contacting as at ksaarp@aarp.org.

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