|AARP joins fight against hunger among elderly
(NAPSI)—Nearly 9 million Americans 50 and older are currently struggling with hunger or lacking sufficient nutrition and food resources. And the problem is predicted to increase 75 percent by 2025, according to AARP Foundation.
Fortunately, an effort to eradicate this growing problem is under way and gaining traction. Since AARP and AARP Foundation launched Drive to End Hunger last year, the initiative has donated more than 6.6 million meals and driven corporate and individual donor commitments with an expected value of $18.1 million.
Chase Card Services (Chase), a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co., makes a donation to AARP Foundation for Drive to End Hunger each time an AARP Visa Card from Chase account is opened and the card is used. Last year, Chase contributed $1.6 million to this important cause, which is equivalent to an estimated 750,000 meals for older Americans in need.
To attract even more attention and resources to this often-overlooked issue, Chase is doubling the donations made with the AARP Visa Card to AARP Foundation for Drive to End Hunger during the month of May, which is Older Americans Month. For more than a year, Chase has been donating $0.03 for each purchase made with the AARP Visa Card and $1 for each new account opened.
However, in May, Chase is increasing this commitment by donating $0.06 for each purchase made with the card, $2 for each new account opened, in addition to a $100 cash back bonus for cardmembers after their first use of the card. All told in 2012, Chase will donate up to $2 million to AARP Foundation.