MEMPHIS, TN: AARP and Walgreens, Inc., working together to raise awareness on the growing number of hungry Americans over age 65, will contribute $35,000 to five Tennessee food banks at a ceremony at the NBA Memphis Grizzlies game on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the FedEx Forum.
AARP Associate State Director, Andrea Neely, and Walgreens Market Vice President, Connie Latta, will present a check to representatives of the Mid-South Food Bank, who will be accepting for Feeding America, the nation’s largest charity devoted to hunger. Feeding America has five affiliates across the Volunteer State. The presentation will be part of AARP Appreciation Night at the Grizzlies game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. [Discounted tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com using the offer code: Memphis.]
The contribution is a result of the organizations’ partnership during the national “Day of Service,” on Sept. 11. Throughout the week of Sept. 8, Walgreens stores collected $1 donations at its cash registers in Tennessee, while AARP volunteers fanned out across the state to collect food for the five Feeding America food banks, which include the Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee, Second Harvest of East Tennessee, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee (which serves the Clarksville area) in addition to the Memphis food charity. AARP members also spent the week volunteering at the individual food banks.
“Tennessee ranks fifth in the United States for senior hunger. It’s the one of the fasting growing groups of hungry Americans, but hunger is an issue for people of all ages across the state. AARP has a long history of community service, and our partnership with Walgreens is an effort to both raise awareness about the issue of hunger and take steps to help these great organizations in Tennessee who are fighting the battle each day,” said Rebecca Kelly, Tennessee state director for AARP.
Over the past two years, AARP and Walgreens have worked together to contribute $60,000 to Feeding America and the five Tennessee food banks. For every dollar donated, four meals are provided.
Memphis-based Mid-South Food Bank will receive a $10,000 check as its part of the overall contribution, said Kelly.