bagsoffoodFighting hunger in Virginia is a challenge AARP Virginia is taking on, and everyone can help families in their own communities in September.

Last fall, The AARP Virginia Statewide Community Food Drive collected over 125,000 pounds of food during the week-long challenge. This year’s goal is to collect over 150,000 pounds. In order to reach this goal we are calling on all Virginians to take part in the 2014 challenge the week of September 11. Participating is as easy as donating food, volunteering at a food bank or organizing a food drive.

The AARP Virginia Statewide Community Food Drive begins September 8, with more than 150 collection sites statewide accepting food for community food banks and food pantries.  People across the Commonwealth are organizing food drives in their communities that week to aid local food charities.

Hunger is a problem for families and people of all ages, especially those who are older and on fixed incomes.  According to the Virginia Association of Food Banks:

  • 15.6% of clients served by Virginia food banks are 65 years old or older
  • 12% of adults who pick up food at a pantry are 65 or older
  • 16.8% of adults who access a kitchen agency are 65+

 

You can help right where you live!  Individuals and organizations interested in joining the effort can spearhead a food collection event in their community.  They can also help by identifying food collection sites, getting the word out about the food drive and staffing food collection sites.  It’s a great project for clubs, faith organizations, schools and other groups.

Individuals and organizations interested in joining the statewide food drive effort should contact Brian Jacks at bjacks@aarp.org.