WASHINGTON, May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP Foundation today announced the expansion of its annual meal pack challenge from one event in Washington, D.C., to a Summer of Service to Seniors¿ involving four events in four cities, beginning in Memphis, Tennessee. With the support of presenting sponsor AARP® Credit Card from Chase, and title sponsors The Hartford and UnitedHealthcare ®, these events will bring thousands of volunteers together to fight senior poverty and hunger in cities across the country. Meal-packing events will take place in Memphis on June 3, Denver on July 9, Minneapolis-St. Paul on August 6, and the culminating two-day event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on September 10 and 11.
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In addition to 1 million meals already packed in Ft. Lauderdale last month, Summer of Service to Seniors volunteers will pack 3 million meals at the four upcoming events, for a grand total of 4 million meals this year for hungry seniors.

Data from the 2012 Current Population Survey and the 2010 census show that more than 10 million Americans age 50 or older struggle every day with limited or inadequate access to affordable, nutritious food. AARP Foundation is bringing together nonprofit, government and corporate stakeholders in the food and health sectors to reform the food supply system by creating solutions to fight food insecurity and hunger.

"Even though senior hunger exists in every community across the country, it's one of America's best-kept secrets. Senior hunger is hidden hunger, and hunger is a health issue," said AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.

"The issue of senior hunger is a critical one to focus on, especially as the senior population will nearly double by 2040 according to Feeding America," said Leslie Gillin, President of Co-Brand Cards at Chase. "We are proud to once again be part of the Summer of Service to Seniors and, through the AARP Credit Card from Chase program, will continue to raise funds to combat this issue alongside AARP Foundation."

A survey 1 funded by the Foundation last month shows a disconnect between how respondents save money on groceries and the realities faced by those with food insecurity.
  • Roughly 65 percent of respondents purchased store-brand (generic) items to save money, while many low-income older adults live in identified "food deserts" and may not have any access to generic items.
  • Over half of respondents shopped at multiple grocery stores to find the best deal. By contrast, low-income older adults with mobility issues or lack of transportation, or who live in areas with only one grocery store, are unable to take advantage of comparison shopping in this way.

"By expanding our Summer of Service to Seniors to four cities, we're calling attention to the fact that too many low-income older adults have to choose between buying groceries and using that money for other essentials, like medicine. The negative impact on well-being is enormous," Ryerson said.

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