Cape Gazette

NASCAR fans pack meals for seniors at Drive to End Hunger event

Oct 09, 2012
Source: Submitted Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe, center, packs boxes full of food at the Sept. 30 NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway.

NASCAR fans packed 4,800 meals for seniors in need at Dover International Speedway Sept. 30 as part of a Chase-sponsored event. The boxes were delivered to the Food Bank of Delaware 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., hoping 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 a 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 Food Bank of Delaware 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.”

"JPMorgan Chase was proud to sponsor this event and bring much-needed food to older adults in our local Delaware community," said Ralph Pinto, senior director of Chase Card Services. "With our AARP Visa Card from Chase and our long-term relationship with the food bank, Chase remains committed to reducing the incidence of hunger among seniors."

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 - whether to purchase food or medications. The packed boxes will be distributed by the Food Bank of Delaware to area organizations that provide hunger relief to senior citizens.

The Food Bank of Delaware distributes between 7 million and 10 million pounds of food and grocery products each year. Its network of 475 hunger-relief program partners throughout the state also provides thousands of meals a month for children through the After-School Feeding Program, the Summer Food Service Program and the Backpack Program. For more information about the Food Bank of Delaware, go to or call 302-292-1305.

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries.  More information about Chase is available at


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