This year in the U.S., six million older Americans will go hungry. It's a problem that if we all work together, we can solve. Today at the opening session for Orlando@50+, our new Foundation president Jo Ann Jenkins announced a major committment from AAARP and AARP Foundation to solving this problem, and it kicked off with a text message donation campaign - text 'hunger' to 50555 right now to donate $10!
Here's what coming up for AARP and our volunteers:
- Raising funds to fight hunger: Starting today, anyone can text 'hunger' to 50555 to donate $10 to help AARP Foundation fight hunger among older Americans. AARP Foundation's text messaging campaign will be built out in 2011 to focus on raising money to support local programs designed to help seniors and older Americans access public benefits, connect with local food banks and put nutritious food on the table.
- Going Hungry in America: AARP.org has created a new online resource where anyone interested in learning more about the problem, getting involved or accessing resources to fight hunger among older Americans can go for information, tips and tools to get started. Going Hungry in America is live at www.aarp.org/hunger.
- Activating members and volunteers: Already this year, AARP Create The Good volunteers have collected food for local food banks in 27 states. Additional events are taking place through the end of the year. To raise money for local food banks, organize a local food drive, or help a friend or neighbor sign up for SNAP, people of all ages can visit www.aarp.org/hunger to find tips and tools in both English and Spanish.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollment: While more than seven million older Americans are eligible for SNAP, only about one-third - approximately 2.4 million people--actually are receiving benefits. In communities across the country, AARP offices and AARP Foundation volunteers are working to get older Americans enrolled in SNAP.
- Shining a spotlight on hunger issues: Throughout the fall, AARP is highlighting personal stories and the latest research on hunger in AARP publications including AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin and AARP VIVA.
Five minutes, five hours, five days - no matter how much time you have, it's all good.