NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon Ends the Year With Many Victories!

It’s been a big fall for Jeff Gordon, who has been behind the wheel of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet for nearly two years, helping AARP Foundation raise millions of dollars to help feed nearly 9 million older people age 50+ who are struggling with hunger in the U.S. Last week, the National Motorsports Press Association awarded him the prestigious Myers Brothers Award for his contributions to NASCAR. On Nov. 18, just after Jeff ended the NASCAR …

Stephen Michelson: An Entrepreneur Who Became an Anti-Hunger Innovator

One thing that’s remarkable about Stephen A. Michelson is that he not only had multiple careers, but they were all startlingly different from one another. As a young man, he was such a good baseball player that the New York Yankees offered him a contract to play in their farm system. He went on to become a medical-device entrepreneur who marketed innovative Velcro-attached splints and developed an electrical nerve stimulation device that eventually was licensed by Dow Corning Wright Corp. …

Aeroponic Gardens for Good!

Happy Friday! Jenn here to tell you about one of our latest community projects that has just come to fruition (literally, haha) – the Aeoroponic roof garden for good! On Wednesday, July 18, The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Corps Community Center celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Aeroponic Tower Garden.  Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil. AARP and The Salvation Army partnered on the effort to promote healthy food options to local seniors in the Blue Island …

Who’s Hungry? Many Have Trouble Affording Food

This is a guest post by Becky Squires. Becky is a writer-editor for AARP Foundation. The United States might be the land of plenty, but many people cannot afford to buy what’s on offer – including food. A new Gallup survey conducted from January to June 2012 found one in four Mississippians (24.9%) said they could not afford to buy food for themselves or their families at least once over the past year. Alabama (22.9%) and Delaware (22.1%) ranked second …

From Experience to Empathy: Why NASCAR fans back Drive to End Hunger

This is a guest post by Stefani Norris. Norris lives in Chicago and works in the sports media industry. Through his support of Drive to End Hunger, Jeff Gordon has helped raise awareness of the plight of nearly 9 million older Americans at risk of hunger – and with that increased awareness comes more donations of food and funds to help solve the hunger problem. Taking a “see for yourself” stance to help communicate the reality of hunger among older …

Growth in Grandfamilies Leads to Food Insecurity

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared as an article in the May/June 2012 issue of Aging Today but has been edited for length. According to the U.S. Census, more than 2.5 million grandparents in America are householders responsible for grandchildren who live with them, and almost 20 percent are living in poverty. More than a third of these households have no parents present. A recent AARP survey found about one in 10 grandparents have grandchildren living in the home, and 43 percent …