One in every 6 Michiganders struggles with hunger, including more than 700,000 in Southeast Michigan.
These friends, neighbors and family members are “food insecure,” meaning they sometimes lack access to enough food for a healthy, active life.
Across the country, nearly 9 million older Americans are at risk of hunger. Unless we act, that number will only increase as the aging population grows.
Those older Americans at most risk for hunger are: living with a grandchild; living below the poverty line ($10,800 for an individual); African-American or Hispanic; disabled; unemployed; or undereducated.
They don’t want to be a burden so they often suffer in silence. That’s why AARP and AARP Foundation have teamed up for Drive to End Hunger.
AARP Michigan will host two free hunger relief events on Friday, November 11 in Detroit.
- Thanksgiving Luncheon and Food Drive from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Northwest Activities Center Main Ballroom, 18100 Myers Rd.Seating is limited. Please call 1-877-926-8300 by Nov. 8 to RSVP.
- Visit DrivetoEndHunger.org for more information.
- Please bring nonperishable box or canned food items, hats, gloves and scarves for older adults and/or children for donation over the holiday season. Donations also will be accepted weekdays from Oct. 31 through Nov. 9 at Hannan House, 4750 Woodward Ave., Detroit for those who are unable to attend the luncheon.
- See flyer here: mi-dteh-2016-thanksgiving-flyer_nocrops
- Dance, Dance, Dance from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., also at Northwest Activities Center. AARP Michigan presents this fun event to get the community moving and providing help to older adults facing food insecurity and homelessness.Free ballroom, hustle and salsa dance lessons will be available. See great dance performances from semi-professional dancers. Wear red, white and blue in honor of Veterans Day.
- RSVP by Nov. 8 at 1-877-926-8300.
- Please bring nonperishable food items, hats, gloves and scarves to donate.
Remember: Everyone has a role to play in combating hunger and food insecurity.