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I was raised by a family who believed in helping others. My grandmother had very humble beginnings growing up in the South, eventually moving to the Midwest seeking better opportunities. No matter how successful she became, she always believed in helping those who were less fortunate. I spent a lot of time as a child, and teen, driving around Detroit providing clothing to those in need and volunteering with my grandmother at local food banks. I also worked part-time at her adult foster care home, cooking meals for the seniors and helping where I could. As an adult, I’ve moved around quite a bit. I got married, had a child and found myself wanting to contribute again, but struggled to find the time and resources in my community. I was fortunate to discover that Chase and AARP Foundation are fighting hunger, and putting food on the tables of Americans 50+ in states across the country including here in D.C.
This summer, AARP Foundation executed the Summer of Service to Seniors℠, a series of events around the country working to raise awareness about food insecurity, senior poverty, and showing how volunteering can really make a difference. The series of events took place in Memphis, Denver, Minneapolis – St. Paul and Washington, D.C. There was also an internal meal pack event by Chase employees in Wilmington, DE, where 27,000 meals were packed. The goal was to pack 500,000 meals in each market leading up to Washington, D.C., where the goal was to pack and deliver 1,500,000 meals, totaling more than three million meals in one summer.
I had the honor of going to the event in D.C. to watch my community come together to pack meals for our seniors. Did you know that nearly 10 million Americans aged 50+ are affected by hunger?
Located on the National Mall, between the Washington Monument and Lincoln memorial, volunteers came out in full-force over two days to do their part to feed our seniors. Both young and old were assigned to different stations, where they packed healthy and easy to make meals. Every time they filled a case with 288 meals, a cowbell was rung and the case was whisked away to a waiting pallet.
During each shift, a DJ played tunes to keep the volunteers motivated, and sometimes dancing! We were also lucky enough to have co-host Carla Hall, from The Chew, to cheer the volunteers on and even dance with one of the teams!
When each shift was over, volunteers were invited to take a break with a snow cone, mingle with Carla, or visit various booths to learn more about the importance of nutrition and taking care of our seniors.
How Can I Help? For every purchase you make at restaurants with your AARP Credit Card from Chase, $0.10 is donated to AARP Foundation in support of Drive To End Hunger™, up to $1 million this year. If you’d like to learn more about AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger visit http://www.aarpcreditcard.com/drivetoendhunger.
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