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

Posted on 09/13/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayFinish 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!

Posted on 12/5/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringIt’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

Posted on 11/19/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyOne 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!

Posted on 09/7/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringHappy 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

Posted on 08/30/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringThis 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

Posted on 07/13/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis 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 …