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 …

Join the Drive to End Hunger in the Charlotte 1 Million and Make a Difference

The idea ignited during a meal packaging event at AARP’s headquarters last fall. As 25 employees lined up in the cafeteria to package 900 meals in an hour, everyone began to imagine something greater.  “It felt really good to know I was helping to make a difference,” said Allison Beatty, an Executive Secretary at AARP. Beatty, who along with her colleagues packaged Macaroni & Cheese, said it was a significant feat. “It was very hands on and quite remarkable.” The …

Virtual Food Drive = Easy way to Help Hungry in Illinois

 Blog readers! Jenn here from the communications team reporting on our latest dive into the digital world. We’re going to try out a “virtual food drive”  and we hope you’ll help us a make it a success! We’ve teamed up with the Chicago Food Depository  and from now until April 9th you, your friends, your kids, your grandkids, your neighbors, and anyone else you can think of can help to end hunger in the Chicago area simply by clicking through …

Auction of 2013 Corvette Collector Edition to Benefit Drive to End Hunger

UPDATED:   The first Corvette 427 Convertible offered to the public went to the highest bidder at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction, on Sat., Jan. 21 for $600,000. An additional $100,000 was donated to AARP Foundation by another bidder for an extraordinary grand total of $700,000. “AARP Foundation is appreciative of the generosity of Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports’ donation of the special edition Corvette 427 for the auction. The $700,000 raised will go directly to support efforts to combat …