Carla Hall & I at Summer of Service Event in DC

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I recently had the opportunity to attend AARP Foundation’s Summer of Service to Seniors℠ event in Washington, D.C. The National Mall came alive with a tent filled with volunteers in bright red t-shirts packing thousands of meals for low-income seniors in Washington, D.C. Together, Chase and AARP Foundation are fighting hunger and putting food on the tables of Americans 50 and over.

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The Scene at Summer of Service

Ending Senior Hunger

Senior hunger is something we don’t talk much about, but it is more common than we realize. Over 10 million Americans 50 and over suffer from hunger. My father passed away in 2014 at the age of 95. He was fortunate to have been surrounded by family, friends, and lots of food. However, many seniors in our communities are not as fortunate.

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When we arrived at the event, we had the opportunity to talk to several volunteers. First of all, it warmed my heart to see so many volunteers of every age, race, and color putting together meal packets. They had volunteers as young as 5 years old! More than 3,500 volunteers attended the event. This, my friends, makes me hopeful. Especially after we read about all the negative things going on in the media.

Carla Hall & I at Summer of Service Event in DC

Meeting Carla Hall

Aside from seeing all these motivated citizens volunteering to help end senior hunger, I had the opportunity to chat with Carla Hall, the host of ABC’s The Chew. She’s been collaborating with the AARP Credit Card from Chase for the last three years. Here are three interesting facts that she shared:

Eat Out and Give Back

She says the best thing about the AARP Credit Card from Chase is that you’re giving back with very little effort. For every purchase made at restaurants with your AARP Credit Card from Chase, $0.10 is donated to AARP Foundation in support of Drive To End Hunger, up to $1 million in 2017. I like the idea of eating out and giving back!

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The Scene at Summer of Service in Washington, DC

Is AARP Only For Seniors?

I admit I was one of those people who thought that AARP was only for retired people. Well, Carla told me something about that! After she showed me how a cartwheel is properly done on the fields of the National Mall, she proceeded to tell me that anyone over 50 can join AARP and access the great member benefits, such as the AARP Credit Card from Chase.

Where Should I Dine to Get my Rewards?

Carla being the expert on all things food, I had to ping her for some dining suggestions. Carla suggested a few restaurants she loves. If you’re headed to Philly, you must check out Fork. For those in D.C., head to Red Hen, Equinox, and Founding Farmers. I can vouch for Red Hen. That place is amazing.

How We Can Help:

Chase is a sponsor of AARP Foundation’s programs aimed at feeding those who are hungry now, as well as the Foundation’s programs to develop long-term, sustainable solutions that proactively address the root causes of hunger among those 50 and older. You can get involved by checking out the many great programs from AARP Foundation. Also, you can contribute with the AARP Credit Card from Chase. Dining out and simultaneously donating to a good cause? Sign me up!