What can you do for your country?

In the endless spatter of political news and propaganda it is easy to miss important decisions that our leaders might be making. One is a potential cut in social programs to help pay for tax relief. If it’s not already clear how I feel about this, here’s the summary:

Making It Happen

It’s hard to look suffering in the face. There is nothing pretty, nice or pleasant about it. In a world that tells us image is everything, we try and make life appear as picturesque as possible, yet the realities are unavoidable. Simply turn on the news. As a nation we have recently witnessed earthquakes, hurricanes and a 15 % poverty rate. There are orphans in every city, as well as hunger in every community.  With each passing day things seem …

Help the AARP Foundation Win A Classy Award!

Each year, four million people 65+ years live on less than $10,000 a year. These same people often have to choose between eating, buying medication, and other necessities, often neglecting their hunger. Over the past year, AARP Foundation and Drive to End Hunger have been hard at work to raise awareness for senior hunger. Jim Moret, last year’s Classy Award host, explained that “the Most Effective Awareness Campaign award goes to the organizations with campaigns that continuously sound the alarm …

End Senior Hunger: Nominate Your Hero

At AARP we are always on the lookout for creative ideas to address issues and inspiring stories of people who are helping others. Often, the best ideas and stories come from you, our extended community. That’s why AARP Foundation launched the Hunger Hero Contest. We are looking for outstanding individuals 50 and older whose innovative work has made a difference in the fight to end senior hunger. No one of any age should go hungry in the United States. Yet …

Help Someone Get Food with SNAP

Did you know that 65% of eligible people 60+ DO NOT use SNAP (the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program once called food stamps) that helps low-income individuals and families buy food? You can learn more about the program HERE. So, why aren’t more seniors signing up for SNAP? The most common reasons include: (1)  They don’t know about the program or that they may be eligible, (2)  They’re too proud or too embarrassed to ask for help through the traditional social …

How Would You Solve America’s Hunger?

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 this week in USA Today highlights “the new face of hunger in America” – a suburban Seattle family that …