Greensboro, NC -- Choosing between your medicine and your food.
Nine million Americans over 50 years-old face that dilemma each day.
North Carolina is ranked 7th of states with seniors going hungry.
That's why nearly 250 volunteers met in the Piedmont Triad to package food at the United Healthcare facility in Greensboro.
NASCAR legend Richard Petty also helped collect food.
One year ago, Second Harvest Food Bank Director, Tomi Melson, was among the one in four adults older than 50 in this state who did not know where their next meal would come from.
"It's scary. I went to a fine college. I had a fabulous career. And then I had a health challenge and a divorce at the same time, and I was old. I was 58-years-old and could not get a job in this economy," said Melson.
Volunteers hoped to pack 50,000 meals.
Organizers include United Healthcare, NASCAR legend Richard Petty, Smithfield, and The United Food and Commercial Workers Group.
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