Jacksonville, Fla. – AARP officially unveiled the new look of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS Friday at the Prime Osborn III Convention Center during the Jacksonville International Car & Truck Show, drawing the attention of enthusiastic race fans and car enthusiasts from across the First Coast.
With the launch of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season coming up soon at the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23, race fans’ enthusiasm is mounting. AARP and AARP Foundation launched Drive to End Hunger with four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports in 2011, becoming the first-ever cause-related primary NASCAR sponsorship.
“We are proud to have had the opportunity to unveil the new look of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS in Jacksonville,” said Johnson. “After the Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet’s strong performance in last year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, we're excited to have the start of a new racing season just a few days away. We can't wait to leave hunger in the dust.”
Helping to unveil the No. 24 car's new look was Jeremiah Williams, 28, of Jacksonville, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who served during the Hurricane Katrina emergency, in Alaska and in the Jacksonville areas. AARP Florida asked a veteran to help unveil the car in recognition of the service of the many veterans among AARP Florida's nearly 2.7 million members. AARP Florida also wishes to recognize the Florrida Department of Veterans Affairs, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Mr. Williams' appearance was coordinated by the City of Jacksonville's Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services Department and the state Department of Veterans Affairs.
Nearly nine million Americans age 50+ face the risk of hunger, a figure that has risen 79 percent in just 10 years. In Florida alone, nearly 400,000 people age 50+ face the risk of hunger at any given time, enough to fill all the seats in the Daytona International Speedway four times over.
Drive to End Hunger is an initiative by AARP and AARP Foundation to fight senior hunger, helping to raise awareness, donations and meals in Florida and across the nation. Last year alone, supporters nationwide helped AARP Foundation and the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Drive Chevrolet SS team provide more than 13.5 million meals to hungry older Americans.
To learn more or to donate, go to www.drivetoendhunger.org .