Volunteers take to National Mall to pack 1 million meals for seniors

Volunteers at the AARP Foundation’s 2019 Celebration of Service event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (Courtesy AARP Foundation)

The AARP Foundation launched its fifth annual Meal Pack Challenge and, in honor of Sept. 11, volunteers joined the organization on the National Mall on Wednesday to help seniors facing hunger.

One million meals will be packed and donated to the Capital Area Food Bank with delivery beginning immediately. Organizations, sororities and schools all came out to help.

“It’s the best tribute ever, to lift up our hands in service,” AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson said.

In the District, 19% of seniors face the threat of hunger, Ryerson added. In parts of Prince George’s County, that number jumps to over 40%.

Volunteers are preparing food meals for seniors. (Courtesy AARP Foundation)

Overall, 16% of all D.C. residents are at risk of hunger, statistics Ryerson said the Meal Pack Challenge event will help take on.

“By being ever more compassionate, good neighbors and looking out for our older neighbors, we can make a real lasting difference,” she said.

The volunteer event lasts until 4 p.m., but people can check out all the AARP Foundation volunteer programs and other ways to give back on the foundation’s website.

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Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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