NASCAR fans packed 4,800 meals for seniors in need at Dover International Speedway yesterday as part of a Chase-sponsored event! The boxes were delivered to us for distribution to Delaware seniors struggling to put meals on the table.
Race fans began lining up for the packing event as early as 5:15 a.m. (the start time was 8 a.m.!) in hopes to receive a glimpse of No. 24 AARP Drive to End Hunger driver Jeff Gordon. The first 300 fans to visit the Chase tent and pack of box full of cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, crackers, pancake mix and other household staples received a free pass to a Gordon Q&A session.
“Chase continues to step up to the plate in our fight against hunger,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “It was wonderful to see so many race fans concerned about hunger in the First State. I was impressed to see a long line of fans waiting before the packing tent even opened. At the Food Bank of Delaware we know that it takes our entire community working together to alleviate hunger.”
According to statistics from AARP’s Drive to End Hunger, one in 20 Delaware seniors struggles with hunger. Many are forced to make difficult decisions – purchase food or medications. The packed boxes will be distributed to area organizations that provide hunger relief to senior citizens.
Our staff had a great time working to alleviate hunger at the race yesterday! Check out some photos from the day!