A new survey shows 16 percent of Virginians - many who are elderly - didn't have enough money to buy food last year.
A new survey reveals that 16 percent of Virginians say they didn't have enough money to buy food last year. Many of those were elderly residents.
To address the issue, several organizations have launched a statewide 'Drive to End Hunger' this weekend.
The AARP of Virginia is joining with NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon to raise money for the Central Virginia Food Bank. AARP's Ginger Thompson-McDaniel says a staggering number of the state's residents don't have enough to eat.
"In Virginia, about 5.5 percent are at risk of hunger," says Thompson-McDaniel. "Of those who are low-income - those who are within 200 percent of the poverty level - about 20 percent are food insecure. It's a huge number."
They're asking Virginians to donate $10 by texting the word 'Hunger' to 5-0-5-5-5 this weekend.
Gordon is promising to match the donations. The money will be distributed to food banks across the state.