Faces of Hunger in America

AARP Live – November 21, 2013 Guest blog post – Charlotte Whittaker I’ve seen the faces of hungry seniors across west Kentucky. While working as the Director of the Ohio County Senior Center, I saw first-hand how vital a simple home delivered was to these seniors. As a daughter of a rural Baptist preacher, I was taught at an early age the true meaning of compassion.  I was also taught that compassion wasn’t enough; I had a duty to help others …

Volunteering: Going Far Together

September 11 was AARP’s annual Day of Service where all employees can volunteer their time and talents to a charity of their choice. Along with 10 other AARP employees, I volunteered at Martha’s Table, a 33-year-old Washington, DC charity that, among other projects, feeds 1,100 people daily, many of them homeless. They also run a preschool and after school program for children from low income families.  As the Food Prep Volunteers, we chopped our way through what seemed like bottomless …

Report: One-Third of World’s Food Goes to Waste

Finish your peas and carrots and you can join the “clean plate club.” That’s what my parents told my brother and me when we were growing up. They had lived through the depression and wanted to be sure nothing at our table went to waste. A report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) this week reminds me of the painful truth behind our lighthearted family tradition. It sends up an alarm about the astounding 1.3 billion tons …

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 …