While food insecurity is a formidable public health challenge throughout the nation, one group that is particularly vulnerable is older Americans. According to our parent organization, Feeding America, 3 million older Americans are served by partner Food Banks. This problem becomes complex in that as older Americans age, they need to give more consideration to their health and medical needs. This type of focus can easily become compromised if there is not enough food to eat or if there are not any funds available to purchase the most appropriate foods.
And, this problem is amplified in southern states and rural areas. For example, a study that focused on the experience of food insecurity among older Americans found that food insecure seniors sometimes had enough money to purchase food but did not have the resources to access or prepare the food due to lack of transportation, functional limitations, and/or health problems.
AARP and the AARP Foundation have focused attention to this serious challenge by developing the “Drive to End Hunger.” In a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast TN and Feeding America-Southwest VA, the “Drive to End Hunger” is an effort to raise food and funds for local Food Banks and help those in need of food assistance. Four-time NASCAR® Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon drives the “Drive to End Hunger” car in the upcoming races at Bristol Motor Speedway!
Food and fund donations for the “Drive to End Hunger” can be made at local Food City Grocery Stores. Food Bank barrels are prominently located at the stores, and the donation vouchers are in amounts of $1,$3, and $, and they will be conveniently added to your store total.
For more information about how you can “leave hunger in the dust,” please click on one of the links: