Some of you see AARP and think “marketing machine.” That’s a natural and accurate response. But the AARP is much more than that. It genuinely cares about the interests of our seniors. It puts money and manpower (paid and volunteer) behind efforts to solve problems in our senior community. One of those big problems is a silent killer: hunger.
The AARP is sponsoring and promoting a “Drive to End Hunger.” This program targets the 6 million seniors in the U.S. who struggle to get enough to eat.
You read that right: 6 million hungry senior citizens, in our own backyards!
So what can you do?
First, educate yourself about the problem. A good place to start is the senior hunger resource section of the AARP website. You will learn how many of our older Americans must choose between taking essential prescription medicines and eating.
What kind of choice is that?
Second, please support the AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger initiative. You can donate money. Just text HUNGER to 50555 to donate $10. That will take you about 15 seconds. How easy is that?
You can volunteer. Find abundant volunteer opportunities here.
Better yet, you can do both.
Want to have fun while helping? Attend one of the races where NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon will be driving his No. 24 “Drive to End Hunger” Chevrolet.
Our own Tennessee Chapter of the AARP is going all-in with featured Drive to End Hunger race activities at Bristol. A full calendar of events is planned, culminating in the big cup race on August 27. For more details about tickets and activities, visit the AARP Tennessee site.
Many folks believe that government does too much. Others believe that it doesn’t do enough. It doesn’t matter what camp you are in. We all must own the problem of senior hunger. We have to fix it.
Will you help?