Help the AARP Foundation Win A Classy Award!

Posted on 07/7/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringEach 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

Posted on 05/27/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringAt 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

Posted on 05/26/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringDid 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?

Posted on 05/12/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringIt’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 …

Inspired to Do Good: AARP Volunteer Wins National Award

Posted on 04/28/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringWe are always warmed by volunteer stories, and this week we are doubly (triply?) inspired by a story that grew from AARP and garnered national recognition. Marlene Ellis, of Arlington, Va., saw a notice in AARP The Magazine that reminded readers that anyone could start a food drive. As Ellis says, “We never know where life will take us, or if one day we’ll be the hungry ones. Inspired by what I read, I contacted my local food bank and …

Drive To End Hunger Food Drives Take California

Posted on 03/25/2011 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

VolunteeringNon-race fans and race fans alike peeked with great interest inside the AARP Drive to End Hunger No. 24 car today at a food drive in Fontana, Calif, site of Sunday’s Auto Club 400.