Wilmington, DE, April 11, 2013 - AARP Foundation will present $5,000 to the Food Bank of Delaware in support of their efforts to alleviate and eliminate hunger among Delawareans. The grant comes from Drive to End Hunger, an initiative founded in 2010 in partnership with NASCAR to raise awareness of the issue of hunger among older Americans.
In the last decade, the number of senior adults at risk of going hungry has increased 79 percent nationwide – a total of nearly nine million Americans age 50 years and older. Since AARP and AARP Foundation launched Drive to End Hunger, the initiative has donated more than 16.4 million meals and driven corporate and individual donor commitments with an expected value of more than $19.9 million.
In Delaware, hunger issues have increased at unprecedented rates. Nearly five percent of older residents in the First State are threatened by hunger. Many make the weekly decision between food, medicines, or paying utility bills. 1 in 4 Delawareans utilize Food Bank of Delaware’s network of emergency food assistance.
The check presentation will take place during the Ending Hunger! Conference, a program of the Anti-Hunger Coalition, on which AARP has a seat.
WHO: AARP Delaware and Food Bank of Delaware
WHERE: Christiana Hilton, Newark
WHEN: Monday, April 15, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
MEDIA: Kimberly Iapalucci, 302-290-4701
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, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is the charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for Americans 50+ and the world's largest-circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for the 50+ audience; AARP VIVA, a bilingual lifestyle multimedia platform addressing the interests and needs of Hispanic Americans; and national television and radio programming including My Generation and Inside E Street. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.