(NAPS)—The face of hunger in America may be aging. Of the 51 million Americans who face the threat of hunger, nearly 6 million are older than age 60, according to AARP—and that number is only expected to grow in the coming years.
In fact, from 2006 to 2008, the percentage of older Americans struggling with hunger more than doubled. Fortunately, there are actions that can be taken to help combat the problem.
Here are a few ways you can help:
• Donate to your local food bank
• Organize a food drive
• Volunteer with a local food organization
• Take an older friend to dinner or to the grocery store
• Donate by using your AARP® Visa® Card from Chase
In 2011 and 2012, Chase will donate $0.03 for every purchase made with the AARP® Visa® Card from Chase and $1 for every new account, up to $2 million each year, to AARP Foundation through Drive to End Hunger, a national campaign led by AARP and AARP Foundation to end hunger among older Americans. It’s the only credit card endorsed by the AARP—an organization that provides meaningful resources and benefits to senior Americans and its members.
“Hunger among older adults is escalating at an alarming rate in America,” said Anisa Tootla, vice president of hunger impact programs at AARP Foundation. “We know Americans want to help their older neighbors in need, and we are pleased that Chase has joined the Foundation’s efforts to get people engaged in giving back.”