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AARP Foundation Grants Program

2012 Hunger and Income Grant Awards

AARP Foundation has awarded grants totaling $3.7 million to multiple non-profit organizations through a competitive grant process. (View press release) The AARP Foundation Grants Program focuses on four impact areas: Hunger, Housing, Income and Isolation. This year, AARP Foundation awarded multiple grants in two areas: Hunger and Income. Here are lists of the grantees.

Hunger Innovation Grants Program

Organization Location Grant Amount

Action for Boston Community Development

Project: To improve a food and nutrition education program for low-income African American and Latino older adults.

Boston $144,935

Boston Medical Center Corporation

Project: The Healthy Eating for at-Risk Older Adults (HERO) initiative addresses the barriers to good nutrition faced by formerly homeless, low-income adults 55+.

Boston $224,873

Centro de Salud Familiar la Fe, Inc.

Project: The Engaged Nutrition Action (CENA) Project will reduce food insecurity and hunger among older Mexican-Americans age 50 and over.

San Antonio, TX $292,492

Collective Roots Garden Project, Inc.

Project: Build community gardens, provide gardening and cooking courses for older adults, and certify older gardeners to sell their produce at a local farmer’s market.

East Palo Alto, CA $90,000

First Nations Development Institute

Project: Address food issues among tribal elders in four rural Native communities in Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma, by providing grants, technical assistance and training.

Longmont, CO $187,660

Gallatin Valley Food Bank

Project: Decrease food insecurity among older adults in the southwestern Montana area by enhancing accessibility, affordability, adequacy, and appropriateness of nutritional and local food resources.

Bozeman, MT $199,239

Hidalgo Medical Services, Inc.

Project: Conduct a feasibility study to explore the development of mobile or mini-markets carrying healthy, affordable food in rural, impoverished southwestern New Mexico.

Lordsburg, NM $123,124.39

Lifelong AIDS Alliance

Project: Create a mobile kit version of an in-house cooking class for older adults, and bring it to scale in 40 low-income King County, Washington housing sites.


Texas A&M Research Foundation

Project: Empower and train promotoras (community health workers) to reduce food insecurity among Mexican-origin adults 50+ through tailored education and skill-building. 

College Station, TX $268,974

Western Mountains Alliance

Project: Farm Fresh for ME Seniors will create easy access to affordable local produce, by developing three Senior Buying Clubs to place bulk orders from local farms on a new website.

Farmington, ME $153,429

Next: View list of income grant awards. >>

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