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.
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.
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.
Longtime AARP Volunteer, Wahed Hossaini, collected food and donations at the Eid dinner service he attended with his family on Monday, July 28 in Fairfax. Wahed has been "creating the good" for many years now by participating in our annual food drive. His efforts make a huge difference for our local food pantry, ECHO. Wahed has collected and donated over $5,000 and many thousands of pounds of food for ECHO.
AARP Virginia conducted a statewide food drive in September along with partnering organizations the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, AmeriCorps, TRIAD and the Urban League of Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. The total of canned soup, peanut butter, tuna fish, cereal, and monetary donations calculates to 120,719 total pounds of food served to Virginia families struggling with hunger.
Nearly nine million Americans 50+ are at risk for hunger every day – a 79 percent increase in just 10 years. The Drive to End Hunger is AARP Foundation’s multipronged approach on this problem. Established in 2011, the program is focused on combating hunger among people 50 and older through raising awareness, building philanthropic support and developing long-term, sustainable solutions.
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