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Jeff Gordon helps fight hunger with AARP volunteers

Staff Report • Aug 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Residents of Fort Shelby Towers received much needed food assistance from four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and AARP volunteers who helped sort, package and distribute food during a Second Harvest Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry distribution last week.

The Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) is one of several programs that Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee operates to help fight hunger in Northeast Tennessee. This program focuses on supplying food to low-income individuals and families in the region that have limited or no access to food assistance. The Mobile Food Pantry program regularly serves the residents of Fort Shelby, most of whom are senior citizens living on a fixed income.

During the distribution the AARP Foundation also presented Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee with a $10,000 donation to help fight older adult hunger. Food Bank Executive Director, Rhonda Chafin received the donation on behalf of the Food Bank. Chafin stated, “Second Harvest is grateful to AARP Foundation, local AARP volunteers and Jeff Gordon for their support and volunteer efforts as community partners to end hunger.”

“I’m proud to be here with Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee,” said Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports. “There are nearly nine million older Americans who face the risk of hunger, and the everyday heroes of Second Harvest help people in the Bristol community put food on the table for themselves and their families.”

Gordon and team owner Rick Hendrick are collaborating with AARP Foundation to help raise awareness and funds about the problem of senior hunger. Whether it’s providing food to local food banks, enrolling older people in critical governmental programs that help provide good food or identifying long-term solutions that will help end the problem of hunger, Gordon and his No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS are racing to help the 9 million older people threatened by hunger today according to AARP. For more information visit www.DriveToEndHunger.org.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has led this effort to fight hunger for over 26 years and the only food bank in the region feeding the hungry by securing and distributing food and grocery products to over 200 nonprofit organizations serving over 39,000 individuals each month through food programs like the Mobile Food Pantry. For more information visit: www.netfoodbank.org.

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