Drive to End Hunger Chevy on Display Monday; Campaign Kicks off Too

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

CHARLESTON , WV (HNN) - West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will join national AARP and AARP Foundation officials to discuss the “Drive to End Hunger,” an exciting new partnership to combat the growing problem of hunger in our nation, during a 10 a.m. news conference, Monday, January 10 on the north plaza of the West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston.

Initiated by AARP and the AARP Foundation, the Drive to End Hunger is a multi-year commitment to solve the problem of hunger among older Americans. Core components of the Drive to End Hunger campaign include: volunteer-led food drives; individual and corporate fundraising campaigns; local SNAP outreach and enrollment assistance; and, an innovative, cause-related collaboration with four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon and team owner Rick Hendrick, designed to engage and inspire NASCAR fans and America’s leading companies and organizations to join our anti-hunger campaign.

AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Board of Directors Chairman Phil Zarlengo, AARP Foundation Board of Directors Chairwoman Mae Mendelson, and AARP West Virginia Senior State Director Gaylene Miller will join Gov. Tomblin for Monday’s event, which will also mark the first West Virginia appearance of Jeff Gordon’s #24 Hendrick Motorsports “Drive to End Hunger” Chevy.

Gordon, winner of 82 career Sprint Cup races, will drive the car featuring the “Drive to End Hunger” design throughout the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The #24 car will be on display from noon to 8 p.m. Monday at Charleston Town Center as part of a “Drive to End Hunger” food drive event in the mall’s Macy’s Court area. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the mall, which will be collected to benefit the Mountaineer Food Bank and the Huntington Area Food Bank.