— It only takes just a little to give back a lot to local families. AARP Fredericksburg Chapter #3396 has been hard at work again, but this time volunteering for the 2018 AARP Virginia Community-Wide Food Drive. Chapter members were joined by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and friends on September 7th and September 8th. Pictured in front of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank van at the Giant on 35 Town and Country Drive from left to right are: Matthew Logan, …

— 4/30 UPDATE:  The 2018 Spring Food Drive is complete! Thank you to all of the volunteers and those who stopped at their respective locations to donate food to less-fortunate Marylanders. View some photos from the event on Twitter. We will have an update coming soon with the total poundage of food collected, so stay tuned!     Wondering where the closest participating location is near you? See below for an up-to-date list of locations: HARVEST 2018 LOCATIONS Anne Arundel County …

— Give it a week and the Sheridan community will come through for its own. AARP’s Sheridan Chapter netted 700 pounds of donated food in just five days through its annual Souper Bowl food drive, last week. The food drive is in its fifth year and asks community members to donate food into one of two donation bins reflecting the donors pick to win the Super Bowl. The bins, which were decorated by the Sheridan Retired Teachers Association, were placed at …

— AARP Illinois, in collaboration with the Chicago Sky and 4th Ward Aldermen Sophia King, Jewel Osco, will be collecting nonperishable food items at Jewel-Osco (443 E 34th St, Chicago, IL 60616) on December 12th (from 4-6pm), December 14th(4-6pm), and December 16th (11am-1pm). On December 16th Sky Guy (mascot) and coaches from the Chicago Sky WNBA team will join us for a special day, where prizes and photos will be distributed. All nonperishable items will be donated to the Chicago Food …

— Nationwide, more than 8 million adults aged 50 to 64 rely on charitable food assistance to help make ends meet. Not wanting to be a burden, they often suffer in silence. They are more likely to experience chronic illnesses like Diabetes, depression, reduced muscle mass and bone density, and poor vision. They are our family, our friends, and our neighbors – and AARP Virginia is committed to ending their hunger. Each year, AARP Virginia volunteers and staff partner with organizations …

— Earlier this month, 13 AARP members and volunteers helped collect more than 1,000 pounds in food donations for Nassau County veterans service agency VetMart. Volunteers stood outside the entrance to the Carl Place Stop&Shop and encouraged patrons to pick up a few extra items for the food drive while they did their usual shopping. The outpouring of generosity and compassion from the community was incredible – Donations came in by the bagful! Some shoppers handed over more in donations than …

Nearly 30,000,000 meals per year are delivered to Utahns in need around the state because of donations to the Utah Food Bank.

— Winter is a difficult time for senior home-bound neighbors, some having to choose between heat and food. AARP Virginia and LOA want to help make their lives easier by ensuring their shelves are stocked with soups and other non-perishable food items. All it takes to make a difference is to start a collection then drop off the non-perishable items to a drop off site from February 6-10. The main drop off site is The Church of St. Peter and St. …

— 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 …

Nearly 30,000,000 meals per year are delivered to Utahns in need around the state because of donations to the Utah Food Bank.

— GOOD SHEPHERD FOOD BANK ASKS MAINERS TO TAKE ACTION TO END HUNGER Our friends at Good Shepherd Food Bank, along with Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks, mark September as Hunger Action Month in an effort to bring an end to hunger.   In Maine, more than 200,000 people struggle with hunger and may not know when or where they’ll find their next meal. Too many older Mainers struggle with the decision to heat their homes or put food on the table. …

— In Virginia nearly 16% of food bank visitors are 65 or older, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute, and nearly 6% of older Virginians are at risk of hunger. While many people are saddened when they hear these statistics, AARP volunteer Wahed Hossaini decided to do something about it. Hossaini was able to collect $2,845 and a truck load of non-perishable food from the Bangladeshi-Americans community in the Washington, D.C. area at the end of Ramadan. The food and …