I am writing this letter in honor of the six AARP chapters in Maine that participated in the AARP chapter challenge to collect food and monetary donations for local food pantries.

The chapters collected more than four tons of food and donated almost $2,500 to the pantries, donations that will go a long way toward feeding low-income Mainers who might otherwise go hungry in the coming months.

We heard from the chapter presidents and volunteer leaders that many local businesses and community partners participated in the food drives. 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.

Finding ways for communities to work together has resulted in tremendous generosity that will have a huge impact.

AARP was founded more than 50 years ago by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who was determined to make a difference in the lives of others.

Her motto was “to serve, not to be served.” Clearly, the Maine AARP chapters celebrate her legacy through their extraordinary efforts to help their neighbors.

Charlene Thompson

AARP Executive Council, Saco

Jane Margesson, communications

AARP Maine

Portland