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AARP Sponsors Team to Fight Hunger in Virginia

Jeff Gordon and his #24 Chevrolet to appear at event Sept. 8.

AARP is dropping the green flag on an event to fight hunger in Virginia – with Jeff Gordon and his #24 Chevrolet show car on hand to help on Thursday, Sept. 8.

AARP, AARP Foundation and the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet show car will be in Richmond for a food drive to benefit Central Virginia Food Bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 at Two James Plaza on the corner of 10th and Cary Streets. Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon will join the team from Noon until 1:30 p.m. for this event, and will hold a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Bring a bag of non-perishable food for the food bank and join AARP and #24 team on the plaza, where Richmond musician Susan Greenbaum will provide entertainment. Fans that bring a camera can get their photo taken with the #24 Drive to End Hunger show car! Jeff Gordon will be on hand at Noon, when AARP Foundation presents a check for $10,000 to Central Virginia Food Bank.

The September 8 food drive and show car event kicks off an exciting weekend that combines NASCAR competition with combating hunger in Virginia. The AARP Virginia Statewide Community Food Drive is September 9 and 10. The Richmond NASCAR Sprint Cup race is September 10, and Jeff Gordon will be supporting the Drive to End Hunger by driving the #24 Chevrolet – and matching donations!

Anyone who texts “Hunger” to 50555 donates $10 to Drive to End Hunger via their wireless phone bill. Jeff Gordon will match all text donations received during the race Saturday night, between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

In addition to the race events in Richmond, more than 150 collection sites statewide will accept food for community food banks and food pantries on September 9 and 10. To find a site in your community, visit Create the Good or call 2-1-1.

Nearly 6 percent of seniors in Virginia are at risk of hunger; 16% 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 three years. This year, the food drive links NASCAR fans and organizations in a fight to reverse the growing problem of hunger among older people in local communities nationwide through the Drive to End Hunger. Hunger is a concern for many, but it hits hardest among Virginians age 65+ living solely on Social Security. For the statewide food drive this year, AARP Virginia has teamed up with AmeriCorps Virginia, Federation of Virginia Food Banks, Ruritan and Virginia Engage for the statewide food drive, staffing collection sites and providing volunteers for the effort.

Organizations interested in joining the effort can help by identifying food collection sites, getting the word out about the food drive, staffing food collection sites and reporting back the amount of food collected and number of volunteer hours worked. Organizations interested in joining the statewide food drive effort should contact Brian Jacks at bjacks@aarp.org.

Those who want to donate food on September 9 and 10 can find collection sites by dialing 2-1-1 on their telephone or visiting Create the Good. To donate to Drive to End Hunger, text the word “Hunger” to 50555 or visit online.

AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. The Foundation is dedicated to serving vulnerable people 50+ by creating solutions that help them secure the essentials and achieve their best life. AARP Foundation focuses on: hunger, housing, income and isolation as our key mission areas. The Foundation envisions: ‘a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable. Foundation programs are funded by grants, tax-deductible contributions and AARP. Find more information about AARP Foundation.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 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.org. 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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