SAN ANTONIO, TX — In an effort to drive awarness about the need for emergency food assistance, AARP is working with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Tejano Music Convention and 30th Annual Awards to encourage San Antonians to help fight hunger.

“At AARP, we believe that no one of any age should go hungry, and we know that alleviating hunger is a big job that requires innovative collaboration among businesses, non-profits and communities,” said Bob Jackson, State Director of AARP Texas. “Working with NCLR, the Tejano Music Convention and 30th Annual Awards and the residents of San Antonio, we hope to make an impact in the community.”

People can bring food donations such as canned meat, coffee, rice, canned beans and other items that will help meet local food bank needs to drop-off booths available at the NCLR convention. Tejano music fans attending the 30th Annual Tejano Music Awards on Sunday, July 11, are also encouraged to bring food donations to the AARP drop-off booth at the Municipal Auditorium, when doors open.

All donations will go to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to benefit Haven for Hope, a private non-profit aimed at transforming the lives of homeless men, women and children in San Antonio and the Bexar County area.

“Currently in San Antonio, approximately 58 thousand individuals seek emergency food assistance per week,” said James Yostrum, Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. “AARP’s efforts to raise awareness about hunger in our community will help us continue to provide meals to Haven for Hope at the St. Vinny’s Bistro.”

Food donations will be accepted at the NCLR National Latino Family Expo AARP booth located in the Community/El Barrio Pavilion at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, on Saturday and Sunday, July 10-12, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday, July 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Entry to the expo is free.

The San Antonio efforts are part of AARP’s Create the Good/Compartir es Vivir campaign. Create the Good/Compartir es Vivir is a network that helps people of all ages find service opportunities in their communities and make a different across the country—whether they have five minutes, five hours or five days.