Harvest for the Hungry

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By Ellen Poltilove
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By Christopher J. Gearon
AARP Maryland helping fight hunger with our Harvest for the Hungry Food Drive in March 2015.
February 23, 2016 update: The registration period for volunteering for Spring Forward 2016 is now closed--but you can still get involved by donating to the campaign from Feb 27-March 5! Visit this page to learn more.
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The season of giving may be over, but for too many Americans, getting enough food remains a year-round struggle.
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It’s time for holiday feasts, but for too many Marylanders, hunger is a struggle that extends beyond the holiday season. AARP Maryland is gearing up to help by recruiting volunteers for a Harvest for the Hungry food drive in March.
Aldo Asseo and Maria Ipoucha volunteer for AARP during the HfH Safeway food drive.
3/16 update: The Spring Forward food drive campaign has officially ended for 2015, and we are tallying the final amounts raised. Look for an announcement in the next two weeks! Thank you to all who volunteered and/or donated to this important cause.
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"Hunger knows no holiday." 
Paul and Lucia Visallo volunteer in Washington, DC during HfH.
In our final story to share from last week’s Harvest for the Hungry food drive, AARP Foundation's Vice President for Housing Vivian Visallo volunteered for the HfH food drive with help from her two parents (who are also AARP members!) at her local Safeway in Washington, DC. The experience was an incredibly positive one. Here is their family’s story:
Maryland volunteer Elois stands with a customer who purchased a pre-filled bag of groceries for donation.
Last week’s Harvest for the Hungry food drive saw volunteers helping to raise more than 45,000 pounds of donated, pre-filled bags of groceries in just one week. An astounding amount! Here is another story from an AARP Maryland volunteer who helped staffed her local Safeway during that time:
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