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How Would You Solve America’s Hunger?

Posted By John Briley On May 12, 2011 @ 9:55 am In Volunteering | No Comments

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It’s become a distressingly familiar story: American family loses a big chunk of income in recession, tightens its belt, often is forced to sell its home (at a big loss). For many, there’s a new wrinkle. Increasingly, Americans who had never before sought any public assistance now must rely on government aid to ensure they have enough to eat.

An article [2] this week in USA Today highlights “the new face of hunger in America” – a suburban Seattle family that is applying for food assistance for the first time.

The stats are daunting: The number of Americans who are “food insecure” – the government term to define one’s inability to access an adequate amount of nutritious food – surged from 13 million in 2007 to 17.4 million in 2009. One in seven Americans (half of whom are children) are enrolled in the government’s largest nutritional safety net program — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program). And government-affiliated food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens served more than 37 million Americans, according to Feeding America’s [3] 2010 hunger study. This figure is up 46% from 2006.

AARP has been working – and will continue to work – to fight hunger among seniors. That’s why AARP Foundation [4] teamed with NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon on Drive to End Hunger [5], and why the fight against senior hunger [6] is a centerpiece of Create The Good [7], AARP’s one-stop resource for volunteering information and opportunities. Create The Good even has do-it-yourself guides on helping others get the food they need [8] and organizing a food drive [9].

What are your ideas for addressing hunger in America? What could be done to help more seniors gain access to affordable, nutritious food?


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[1] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/food-stamp.jpg

[2] An article: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2011-05-10-new-face-of-hunger-food-assistance_n.htm?utm_source=streamsend&utm_medium=email&utm_content=13905341&utm_campaign=Food%20News%20Wednesday%2C%20May%2010

[3] Feeding America’s: http://feedingamerica.org/

[4] AARP Foundation: http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/

[5] Drive to End Hunger: http://drivetoendhunger.org/

[6] fight against senior hunger: http://createthegood.org/hunger/organize

[7] Create The Good: http://createthegood.org/

[8] helping others get the food they need: http://createthegood.org/toolkit/help-someone-get-food-they-need-its-snap?how-to-toolkit=1

[9] organizing a food drive: http://createthegood.org/toolkit/organize-food-drive?how-to-toolkit=1

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