Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR champion and AARP's ally in fighting hunger among older Americans, announced Jan. 22 that he is stepping away from full-time racing after the 2015 season.
What happens behind the scenes at a NASCAR race is just as important as what takes place on the track, and that was the case for four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and the Drive to End Hunger #24 Chevrolet at this year's Daytona 500, a history-making edition of NASCAR's biggest race.
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.
By all accounts, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon drove the best race of his life last night at Richmond International Speedway, cinching one of the two coveted Wild Card spot in the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
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 packaged food was later taken to the Capital Area Food Bank located in Washington D.C.
This is a guest post by Jo Ann Jenkins. Jo Ann is the president of AARP Foundation. She provides leadership across the Foundation areas of development, litigation, and impact program areas.
NASCAR'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......
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