I am writing this letter to thank the members of AARP’s six chapters here in Maine. Maine is number one in all of New England when it comes to food insecurity. Especially during the winter months many in our state grapple with keeping food on the table. AARP’s six chapters made an extraordinary effort to help by hosting local food drives that support food pantries and other programs such as Meals on Wheels.

The chapters collected more than 6,500 pounds of food this year and several made sizable cash donations as well. These contributions will go a long way toward helping low-income Mainers who might otherwise go hungry in the coming months.

As they did last year, many local businesses participated in the AARP Chapter food drives making the effort a true community affair. With Maine ranking ninth in the nation for food insecurity, it is especially important for us all to be aware of the needs of others.

AARP was founded more than 50 years ago by a retired educator, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who recognized the power of community and the difference each one of us can make through “creating the good.” We applaud the AARP chapters for their dedication and generosity.

Greg Cross

AARP Maine Community Outreach Director

Portland