Drive to End Hunger

NASCAR, NFL and 9/11: Memories and Mixed Emotions

Posted on 09/12/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeTo paraphrase a Rolling Stones song, am I the only one with mixed emotions? I was happy about a beautiful fall weekend. Thrilled to be in Richmond covering NASCAR’s last race before ‘the Chase’ for our Drive to End Hunger effort. Excited for NFL kickoff weekend (go Redskins!). And extremely sad about what happened 10 years ago. Anyone who experienced it firsthand knows what I mean. Images can bring the sounds, sights and smells from that day rushing back all …

End Hunger: Drive, Collect, Honk or Just Show Up

Posted on 08/26/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringNASCAR’s Jeff Gordon drives. AARP state offices organize food collections. People donate food and money. Two Indiana teenagers raised $1,600 with a Hunger Honk-a-Thon…… It’s almost a “man bites dog” story: two 13-year-old girls trade summer leisure for unpaid work—fundraising for Drive to End Hunger, an initiative by AARP and AARP Foundation to help to raise awareness of the issue of senior hunger. Why choose this issue focused on the 50+ population? “We’re going to be in that population someday, …

A Hunger Hero Needs Your Vote!

Posted on 08/18/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringWho has done the most to fight senior hunger in America? To answer that question, we need you – yes, YOU! Through the AARP Foundation Hunger Hero contest, we’ve done some of the hard work for you, narrowing down the field of Hunger Heroes to our top five candidates. Now you have until Sept. 24 (at midnight, Eastern Time) to vote for your favorite Hunger Hero. Your choices: A San Diego woman who founded a non-profit organization to deliver one …

A Superstar Sets an Example

Posted on 08/11/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringIt is cliché – and wrong – to say that all superstars are egomaniacal greed machines. Many make time to give back to their communities and some, like racecar driver Jeff Gordon, go many steps beyond that. Gordon, who is sponsored by AARP and the AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger, recently visited the Congo as part of the Clinton Global Initiative. His mission: to see first-hand the children’s health issues in one of the world’s most impoverished regions so …

Happy Birthday, Tony Bennett!

Posted on 08/3/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentA very, very happy 85th birthday to Tony Bennett! In just under two months, we’ll get to hear this handsome devil sing at Staples Center to benefit Drive to End Hunger. In LA, or coming to LA that weekend for our Life@50+ event? Get your tickets here.  Fly me to the moon / let me play among the stars…  (Photo credit: Kelsey Bennett)

Help the AARP Foundation Win A Classy Award!

Posted on 07/7/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringEach year, four million people 65+ years live on less than $10,000 a year. These same people often have to choose between eating, buying medication, and other necessities, often neglecting their hunger. Over the past year, AARP Foundation and Drive to End Hunger have been hard at work to raise awareness for senior hunger. Jim Moret, last year’s Classy Award host, explained that “the Most Effective Awareness Campaign award goes to the organizations with campaigns that continuously sound the alarm …