North Carolina ranks sixth in the nation in food hardship and more than ten percent of seniors 60 and older live below the poverty line.
Bob Garner from AARP North Carolina says even though the state feeding programs serve more than six million meals annually, one in six seniors is still going to bed hungry.
“NEARLY A QUARTER OF OUR STATE’S POPULATION REPORTED NOT HAVING ENOUGH MONEY FOR FOOD IN THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS. IN FACT, WINSTON-SALEM, GREENSBORO AND ASHEVILLE RANKED THIRD, FOURTH AND SEVENTH, RESPECTIVELY, AMONG METRO AREAS NATIONALLY IN FOOD HARDSHIP. WE WANT TO EDUCATE SENIORS ABOUT RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP, INCLUDING FOOD STAMP BENEFITS AND SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAMS. AND, WE WANT TO RAISE MONEY.”
Jeff Gordon of the Hendricks Race Team has collaborated with AARP for the Drive to End Hunger, a three-year awareness and fundraising campaign. For more information, visit drivetoendhunger.org.