AARP's Drive To End Hunger is aimed directly at the nearly nine million older Americans who are struggling.
According to the senior organization, those millions are, "...making the tough choice about whether or not to eat, choose cheaper less nutritious food, pay a bill or even your rent/mortgage", and it happens each and every day.
From its inception in February 2011 through the end of 2012, the Drive to End Hunger has:
- Donated more than 20 million meals to hungry older people
- Raised almost $17 million through individual and corporate donations
- Provided $383,000 to AARP state offices for anti-hunger campaigns
With the help of the U.S. Postal Service, average Americans can donate non-perishable food on Saturday May 11, 2013.
Brown paper grocery bags have been dropped off at residences around the country with a simple request:
"Collect and bag non-perishable food items. Place by the mailbox for letter carrier to deliver to a local food bank or pantry."
To participate even if you cannot contribute, post the word on Facebook and Twitter. On Facebook, the initiative can be found at StampOutHunger and on Twitter @StampOutHunger.
The Drive to End Hunger works tirelessly throughout the year, and networks with local food banks and pantries to actively recruit needy seniors for enrollment in government sponsored programs that provide nutritious food.
Another partner in the initiative is Jeff Gordon.
The four-time NASCAR Cup Series winner and team owner Rick Hendricks are collaborating with AARP Foundation, helping to raise awareness and funds to fight the problem.
Each week his No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet are racing to help those 9 million older people threatened by hunger.
Here are the dates for the rest of 2013 to follow the Drive To End Hunger Races and Jeff Gordon.
5/26 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC)
6/2 FedEx 400 Dover International Speedway (DE)
6/16 Quicken Loans 400 Michigan International Speedway (MI)
6/23 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway (CA)
6/29 Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway (KY)
7/14 Lenox Tools 301 New Hampshire Int'l Speedway (NH)
8/4 Pennsylvania 400 Pocono Raceway (PA)
8/11 Finger Lakes 355k Watkins Glen International (NY)
9/1 AdvoCare 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway (GA)
9/7 Federated Auto 400 Richmond International Raceway (VA)
9/15 Geico 400 Chicagoland Speedway (IL)
9/22 Sylvania 300 New Hampshire Int'l Speedway (NH)
10/27 Goody's 500 Martinsville Speedway(VA)
11/3 AAA 500 Texas Motor Speedway (TX)
Image: AARP Drive to End Hunger --- Jeff Gordon