Chef Jose Andres’ Recipe to Fight Hunger: Stop Wasting Food

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: I believe that food is our most important resource. Next to breathing, eating is one thing we do every day to survive. We hear a lot about resources such as money, oil or energy, but I think we need to talk more about food. And there’s no better time than during February, AARP Hunger Awareness Month. As a chef, I feel it is my responsibility to help make our food …

Food Insecurity and Older Adults: What States Can Do to Help

Food insecurity is a significant public health problem for older adults. In 2014, nearly 8 percent (3.47 million) of Americans age 65 and older were living in food insecure households, meaning they did not have balanced meals or enough to eat because they could not afford it. According to current estimates, the share of food-insecure older adults will increase 50 percent by 2025. Many low-income older adults who suffer from food insecurity are often forced to use their grocery money …

How to Fight Food Waste, Train Cooks, Feed Seniors … and Do It Again

Shortly after midnight on New Years Eve, the first baby boomer turned 70. Everyday, 10,000 more men and women follow, and this will go on for years to come. There are many good things associated with the maturing of the richest, freest and most educated generation in history. Boomers will likely redefine aging as we know it, and usher in a new era of inclusion. They will push to redefine beauty, as well as success, and if Mick Jagger is …

Help Beat Hunger in Small Ways, With Love

I believe that anything you really want to do you’ll do with love. That way, it resonates with everyone. As a chef, that’s what my “cooking with love” philosophy is all about. I hug folks with my food. It’s how I nurture people, be it my immediate or extended family or my community — mostly with soulful Southern classics like collard greens, soup beans, corn bread and Nashville’s famous hot chicken. Ending hunger could be a SNAP » Cooking is also …

Why I Sell Nutritious Food Where There Was None

It’s astounding that more than 10 million Americans age 50 and older often go hungry. Many live in areas that don’t have easy access to affordable, nutritious food areas called food deserts—where sometimes convenience stores selling beef jerky and chips play the role of supermarkets. Yet when entrepreneurs or large grocery chains try to open stores in these underserved areas, they typically fail. Why? Because you can’t operate a supermarket in a food desert the same way you would in …

SNAP and Seniors: A Health and Economic Issue

There is a renewed national debate over anti-poverty programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that millions of low-income Americans rely on. The House Agriculture Committee is currently leading an extensive review of SNAP. Recently, AARP President-Elect Eric Schneidewind testified before the Committee on SNAP’s importance to seniors and how it plays a key role in reducing health care costs. Click here to watch the video. SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, provides a nutrition safety net for seniors. …