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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

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Recession Recovery Income Grants Initiative

Organization Location Grant Amount

Byte Back

Project: Provide computer literacy training, as well as certification classes in software, hardware and more, to a minimum of 1,000 seniors over the next two years.   Interspersed with the computer classes are job readiness classes.  Thanks to a partnership with DC Public Library and Cricket communications, every low income senior who graduates from classes held at the libraries receives a free computer.

Washington, DC $160,000

Community Action Program Corp. of Washington-Morgan Counties Ohio

Project: Community Action will provide employment and financial stability services to low income individuals 50+, who are either facing long term unemployment (one year), have been recently laid off and/or who are ineligible for other employment programs.

Marietta, OH $100,000

Florida Institute for Workforce Innovation

Project: Establish a Senior One-Stop Career Center to provide employment and financial capability related services to those 50+ in four rural counties in north central Florida.

Melrose, FL $190,879.76

Lane Workforce Partnership

Project:Through the Plus+ Project, 100 adults 50+ will participate in an intensive 6-8 week training that will lead to immediate employment opportunities upon completion of the program. This project is in partnership with local employers, Lane Community College and other area organizations.

Eugene, OR $200,000

Operation Able of Michigan

Project: This project has two components. The first is to provide direct workforce development and financial literacy services to 200 adults 50+ in the Detroit area. The workforce development training wil include internships with small businesses. The second is changing the perceptions about older workers.

Detroit, MI $200,000

Resource, Inc.

Project: Through its Employment Action Center, provide struggling older job seekers with job search tools, help them access skills training, connect them with professional networks, and address financial concerns such as affordable healthcare and reducing debt.

Minneapolis, MN $100,000

Senior Service America, Inc.

Project: Recruit and train low-income 50+ Hispanics to serve as Community Interpreters in social service and employment agencies in Birmingham, Ala., and Charlotte, N.C., areas to help underserved 50+ Hispanic workers access those services.

Silver Spring, MD $200,000

Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas, Inc.

Project: Through a series of work readiness courses, the Urban League will provide employment training, placement assistance and financial education to 200  low-income older workers, age 50+ over a period of two years to help them improve their standard of living.

Dallas, TX $188,266

Workplace, Inc.

Project: Through its innovative Platform to Employment program, feautured on 60 Minutes, serve people 50+ who have exhausted 99 weeks of unemployment benefits by training them in both core and occupational skills, and placing them in subsidized internships,to help them qualify for in-demand jobs.

Bridgeport, CT $199,872

YWCA of San Gabriel Valley

Project: Provide career training and placement, financial empowerment, income supports and social services to 800 residents age 50+ and their families, so that they can increase their financial stability

Covina, CA $200,000

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