MARTINSVILLE _ Sixteen percent of Virginians reported not having enough money to buy food in the last year, and you can help right where you live.
Hunger is a growing concern for many, but it hits hardest among Virginians age 65+ living solely on Social Security. AARP and AARP Foundation are fighting hunger by teaming up with Jeff Gordon and the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, NASCAR fans and everyone interested in making a difference in their community. In southwest Virginia, the groups have joined with Kroger to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
People in southwest Virginia can help hungry people where they live by supporting the Drive to End Hunger at local Kroger stores March 20-April 3. All they need to do is tell their cashier they want to purchase a pre-filled grocery bag of food. Scannable coupons will be available at the registers, enabling shoppers to donate $5 or $10.75 in food to Feeding America Southwest Virginia. For more information about the Martinsville race on April 3, visit www.drivetoendhunger.org, where you can also enter a contest to win a trip to see the #24 car race.
Nearly 168,000 people in southwest Virginia live in poverty. Feeding America Southwest Virginia estimates that nearly 363,000 people are at risk of hunger in the region. About 100,000 individuals are provided on-site meals or boxed groceries by the food bank's 385 partner organizations each month.
Feeding America Southwest Virginia serves 26 counties and 10 cities and provides more than 14 million pounds of food to needy families each year, equating to more than 43 million meals. The food bank oversees 80 children's programs, providing more than 500,000 meals and snacks to hungry children. For more information about how you can help the local food bank, visit www.faswv.org
Racing fans are encouraged to bring a camera and come out to view the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet from 5 a.m.-11 a.m. and 3 p.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday, March 31at Kroger, Tanglewood Mall, 4488 Electric Rd., Roanoke, VA 24018.
Donations to Drive to End Hunger can also be made at www.drivetoendhunger.org or by texting "hunger" to 50555 (message and data rates may apply).
UnitedHealthgroup and Chase Card Services are proud sponsors of Drive to End Hunger.