KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kansas Speedway and Harvesters–the Community Food Network kicked off a virtual food drive today with the help of four-time NASCAR Cup series champion Jeff Gordon. The food drive to help hungry seniors will last until the NASCAR Sprint Cup event on April 21.
As part of the virtual food drive, AARP Foundation has agreed to match donations from the virtual food drive, up to $10,000. All money raised from the virtual food drive will help seniors in the Kansas City community and the goal is to provide 100,000 meals.
Make a donation to the virtual food drive and your name also will be entered in a drawing for one of 10 pairs of tickets for the NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway or one of 10 hats signed by Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS. No donation is necessary to participate. The website is www.feedingseniors.harvesters.org.
Gordon's No. 24 Chevy features Drive to End Hunger, which provides food and long-term solutions in the fight against older adult hunger. Gordon helped Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren pack food boxes which will be given to low-income seniors at risk of hunger in the Kansas City community.
“I’m happy that we’re able to partner with Harvesters on something that will greatly benefit our community,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “To have Jeff participate in this event, along with STP® and AARP Foundation, shows how important this program is. Kansas Speedway and Harvesters have partnered on events before and I know our fans will help support their community by donating to the virtual food drive.”
“Older people represent one of the fastest growing populations being served by the nonprofit agencies in Harvesters’ network,” said Harvesters’ president and CEO Karen Haren. “We are grateful to Jeff, Kansas Speedway and AARP Foundation for stepping up to help provide food and hope to this very special group of people.”
Kansas Speedway and Harvesters have partnered on other events that benefit the Kansas City community, including Harvesters’ BackSnack program and Americrown has donated food from race weekends to Harvesters to provide even more meals to the hungry.
Kansas Speedway season tickets, which are currently on sale, include both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races (April 21 and Oct. 6), the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (April 20), and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race (Oct. 5), along with a TrackPass, which allows you up close access to the Kansas National Guard pre-race activities, like NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions, the pre-race concert, and much more! Tickets can be purchased by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com or calling 866.460.RACE (7223).
Individual race tickets are also on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Kansas Speedway’s 2013 season includes two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (Oct. 4) and new in 2013, GRAND-AM Road Racing (Aug. 16-17).