What the Cut in Food Stamps Means

When President Obama signed the farm bill on Feb. 7, it meant sun and rain for food stamp recipients. The sunny side is that a $40 billion cut over 10 years proposed by House Republicans was whittled to $8.6 billion. The stormy side is that some 850,000 households, or 4 percent of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly food stamps), will lose about $90 a month to help pay for groceries. The wide-ranging law also addresses nutrition …

A Plan to End Hunger in America

As Americans sit down together for the Thanksgiving holiday, millions of older Americans and others worry about where their next meal will come from. A new report from the Bread for the World Institute challenges the nation to reduce hunger by 25 percent by 2017 and to eradicate it by 2030. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Since the economy has hit rougher times, more American households have become “food insecure” – meaning they are either hungry or …

Faces of Hunger in America

AARP Live - November 21, 2013 Guest blog post – Charlotte Whittaker I’ve seen the faces of hungry seniors across west Kentucky. While working as the Director of the Ohio County Senior Center, I saw first-hand how vital a simple home delivered was to these seniors. As a daughter of a rural Baptist preacher, I was taught at an early age the true meaning of compassion.  I was also taught that compassion wasn’t enough; I had a duty to help others …

Growth in Grandfamilies Leads to Food Insecurity

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared as an article in the May/June 2012 issue of Aging Today but has been edited for length. According to the U.S. Census, more than 2.5 million grandparents in America are householders responsible for grandchildren who live with them, and almost 20 percent are living in poverty. More than a third of these households have no parents present. A recent AARP survey found about one in 10 grandparents have grandchildren living in the home, and 43 percent …

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 …