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AARP and AARP Foundation Help Stamp Out Hunger in Connecticut

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Despite the enormous wealth in our country and right here in Connecticut, more than 9 million older Americans over age 50 - and more than five percent of our state's population -face the threat of hunger.  On Saturday, May 11, you can help “ Stamp Out Hunger” without ever leaving home.  Just leave a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to a local food pantry.  It's that easy!  

Stamp Out Hunger is America's largest single day food drive and happens on the second Saturday in May each year.  AARP and AARP Foundation are pleased to be a part of this national effort along with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service, as well as numerous other organizations.  

“Nearly 9 million adults age 50 and older are uncertain where their next meal may be coming from, working together, we can put an end to this issue,” said AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins. “We encourage everyone who can to join us in this effort and fill a bag with food, leave it by your mailbox, and help your community members in need.”

AARP Foundation has donated more than 15 million Drive to End Hunger paper grocery bags printed in both English and Spanish, to help meet the growing need of all Americans – including hungry older adults, who often suffer in silence.  Drive to End Hunger will also feature four-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jeff Gordon to emphasize the importance of the food drive.

AARP Foundation’s participation in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive aligns with one of the Foundation’s overall initiatives to feed those who are hungry now, while also developing long-term, sustainable solutions to the root causes of hunger among those 50 and older.

Drive to End Hunger is AARP and AARP Foundation’s multipronged focus on the problem of older adult hunger in America. For more information about Drive to End Hunger visit www.drivetoendhunger.org. To find out how you can help Stamp Out Hunger, go to www.facebook.com/stampouthunger or on Twitter @stampouthunger.

 

About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, strengthen communities, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.

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