Sep 11, 2015
1 Million-Plus Meals Being Packed on the National Mall

VIDEO: 1 Million-Plus Meals Being Packed on the National Mall

What: Just across the river from where a plane hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, some 5,000 volunteers, including AARP staff, today are participating in one of the largest meal pack events ever on the National Mall.

It is part of a September 11 AARP Foundation A Celebration of Service. The meals will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC and go to the area’s struggling seniors, first responders and veterans.

Why: More than 15,000 seniors, approximately 15 percent of the senior population in D.C., are living in poverty and thousands more struggle to cover basic living costs. This event brings attention to the problem and a meal to many hungry people who need it.

Who: AARP Foundation, the charitable affiliate of AARP, created the event.  The foundation works to create and advance solutions that can improve life for older adults who are low-income or vulnerable. AARP Credit Cards from Chase is a presenting sponsor of the event.

The following video is available for use by the media:


·        Jo Ann Jenkins / AARP CEO

·        Carla Hall / Celebrity Chef & ABC’s The Chew co-host  

·        Lisa Marsh Ryerson / AARP Foundation President

·        Robert Rouse / Washington DC Event Volunteer


This video is for free and unrestricted use


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