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A couple of years ago, tennis legend Martina Navratilova appeared on a U.K. version of the reality show “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!” During her stint she had to live in the Australian outback, subsisting on a diet of 1,200 calories a day. “I was hungry for three weeks,” she says, “so I know what it’s like. But, of course, I could walk out of there any time. As soon as I finished in second place, I was able to go to my five-star hotel and fill my belly trying to catch up on lost time.” The thousands of older people for whom she’ll help pack and deliver food during a Chicago appearance to support the charity “Drive to End Hunger” on Wednesday don’t have that luxury. Navratilova knows it. “I’ll always have a roof over my head, I’ll always have good care — unless the whole world blows up, and then we’ll all be poor,” she says. “So I don’t need to worry about it as much. But it terrifies me how many people do.” If you’re interested in volunteering, the event takes place at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand) and begins at 10:30 a.m. Racecar champ Jeff Gordon will be on hand as well.

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