AARP convention in LA raises money to fight hunger for seniors


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AARP CEO Bill Novelli speaks at AARP 50th anniversary event in 2008.

About 20,000 people are expected to visit the L.A. Convention Center this weekend for the AARP national event dubbed "Life at 50-Plus." One of the issues getting a lot of attention this year is the effort to end hunger among elderly Americans.

Jason Weinstei, director of AARP’s national event, says hunger is affecting a growing number of people who have worked all their lives, raised their kids, and paid their taxes.

“People don’t realize there are 9 million seniors that face the threat of hunger every day in America. These are people who have to decide between medication and their meals. Decide between putting gas in the car or paying for utilities and for meals," he said.

AARP has launched its Drive to End Hunger to call attention to the problem. It’s hosting a benefit concert Saturday night at Staples Center. Tony Bennett is the headliner. Stevie Wonder and Carrie Underwood are among the guest performers.

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