Race weekend is officially here and NASCAR fever has hit the Food Bank of Delaware! We were so excited to host NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and officials from Chase and AARP Drive to End Hunger at our Newark warehouse yesterday! The group presented a donation of 36,000 meals to us to distribute to area senior citizens. The donations consist of the meals packaged during Chase’s May 17 Grand Prix food packing event, as well as meals that will be packed by NASCAR fans at the Dover International Speedway race on Sunday.
The audience gave a round of applause for Jeff when he entered our warehouse for the event! We are so thankful that he shares our vision for a community free of hunger! We were also excited, because he’s the first celebrity to ever visit! Through the AARP Drive to End Hunger campaign, Jeff works to increase awareness of senior hunger in our country. Senior hunger impacts more than nine million Americans each year. Together, we can help alleviate it!
Our staff will join Gordon’s Drive to End Hunger team again this Sunday at Dover International Speedway! The first 300 race fans to pack senior meal boxes in the Fan Zone starting at 7:00 a.m. will receive a free pass to a Jeff Gordon Q&A session (find us at turn 4!). Last fall NASCAR fans packed more than 500 boxes in less than an hour!
“We, of course, feed people that are hungry. That’s our mission,” said Patricia Beebe, our President and CEO. “And any time we have someone like Jeff embrace our cause and be a part of what were all about, it helps us feed more people, and that’s always a good thing.”
Check out some more photos from yesterday’s event!