Summer of Service to Seniors℠

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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.

To learn more about the AARP Credit Card from Chase and its benefits, like the ability to earn unlimited cash back rewards and no annual fee, visit: http://www.aarpcreditcard.com/.

 

9 Comments Add yours

  1. toastycritic says:

    That’s great that they are taking the money they are receiving to make a donation to help end hunger. I know a lot of people could definitely use the food and definitely to innocent children out there who do not get enough to eat. That’s great how much they are giving back.

  2. I love seeing a community come together and share their love for one another for serving. This would be great to do and I wish I had something like this by me, especially since it’s for seniors.

  3. Gisele says:

    This is awesome! It’s sad that is such a wealthy country so many people are going hungry. Groups like yours are saving people that the government wants to forget. Thank you for all you do!!

  4. Such an amazing foundation! It amazes how good it actually makes YOU feel to give back to others! And I have to say that the event also looks so fun and enjoyable too!

  5. I have not heard of this before. What a great opportunity and event to be a part of. I love learning about new ways to give to those that need a little extra help. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  6. Tami Qualls says:

    This is such a honorable cause. I need to get involved in my area. I think hunger is one crisis that should’ve never existed since some of us eat more than we actually need. Thanks for making me aware of this cause.

  7. I would have loved to be a part of this event. Packing meals would be right up my alley! Looks like a great event – and so successful!

  8. Jody says:

    We love Carla Hall in our house! We love her personality, the kind of food she cooks and for what she stands for. My daughter’s class at school walked to the local food banks and helped pack Community Christmas Hampers. I’m glad that the schools in our community believe in giving back. The AARP Credit Card from Chase sounds like a fabulous way to support others.

  9. You are so blessed to have such an enriching and positive upbringing! Your grandmother sounds like she was one amazing woman! Helping those less fortunate is such a wonderful thing for all involved! That Jambalaya sure looks yummy too! I am so happy to know AARP is doing things like this!

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