AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income and vulnerable older adults have nutritious food, affordable, livable and healthy housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds. To address those needs, AARP Foundation recently launched a grant competition to find innovative, evidence-based solutions that are guided by a deep level of engagement with AARP Foundation and can be nurtured, evaluated and brought to scale. The following seven interventions to help low-income older adults were selected for grant funding.
- Rhode Island Public Health Institute — Food on the Move. Food on the Move (FOTM) is a mobile market that brings fruits and vegetables to food-insecure Rhode Islanders, with a particular focus on older adults in low-income communities, including food deserts and food swamps. The project gives RIPHI the opportunity to focus FOTM’s model on low-income older adults, further evaluate the model, and expand its reach outside of Rhode Island. Grant Award Amount: $750,000 over three years.
- Lee Health Foundation — FlavorHarvest@Home. The FlavorHarvest@Home program provides therapeutic meals to patients who meet the clinical criteria of malnutrition. This two-year project aims to implement and evaluate the expansion of the successful program to 300 clients in an ambulatory setting. Grant Award Amount: $509,550 over two years.
- University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center — Scaling for Impact: Evaluating Diverse Staffing Models, Settings and Outcomes for PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives). PEARLS is a top-tier evidence-based solution to help low-income, inactive and socially isolated older adults interrupt the cycle of life stressors and depressive symptoms. The project will expand the network of community-based organizations that either offer PEARLS or refer to an existing PEARLS program, and will evaluate how PEARLS impacts social connectedness and costs (for older adults and the agencies that serve them) — both key ingredients towards increased social benefit and financial sustainability. Grant Award Amount: $750,000 over three years.
- Help at Your Door. The goal of the project is to develop a financially sustainable model which enables low-income, home bound older adults to use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to pay for home-delivered food. Grant Award Amount: $130,000 over 18 months.
- American Heart Association, Inc. — Baltimarket. Baltimarket is a community- and market-based approach to transforming low-income older adults’ food environments through grocery delivery to senior buildings, produce delivery to corner stores, and hands-on cooking and nutrition education. This joint project of the Baltimore City Health Department, American Heart Association and No Boundaries Coalition will grow programs within Baltimore and provide evidence for national scalability, either taken as a whole or as individual program elements. Grant Award Amount: $750,000 over three years.
- Capital Impact Partners — Worker-Owned Home Care Cooperatives to Support Income Security for Low-Income Older Women. This project aims to inform and scale worker-owned home care cooperatives to create quality jobs for older home care aides and older women reentering the workforce. Grant Award Amount: $200,000 over two years.
- San Francisco General Hospital Foundation — EatSF Health Food Voucher Program. The project will support evaluation of the EatSF Health Food Voucher Program, which provides low-income San Franciscans vouchers for, and access to, free fruits and vegetables, as well as to pilot the program’s expansion to the Los Angeles area. Grant Award Amount: $400,000 over two years.