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Hunger Forum Agenda

The Growing Problem of Hunger Among Older Adults

The forum covered the topics listed below.  Speaker remarks and presentations will be posted to this website as they become available.  To receive these documents by email, please contact us at

Welcome- Jo Ann Jenkins, President, AARP Foundation

Forum Overview- Brian Hofland, Director, AARP Foundation Center for Economic Justice  
Framing the Problem Session
Introduction of Panel: Janet Beronio, Chair – The Harrah’s Foundation

  • Senior Hunger in America- Research supported by Meals on Wheels Association of America
    • James Ziliak, Director, University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research
  • The Feeding America 2010 Hunger Study
    • Elaine Waxman, Vice President, Government Relations, Feeding America
  • The Multicultural Dimensions of Hunger
    • Lucy Cabrera, President & CEO,  The Food Bank for New York City
  • Research on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and older adults
    • James Weill, President of Food Research Action Center (FRAC)

Q/A Discussion: James Weill, Food Research Action Center


Keynote Speaker
Welcome AARP State Office Network and Introduction: Alfredo Estrada, Editor, Latino Magazine
Speaker: Jeannette Takamura, Dean of Social Work, Columbia University

Exploring Solutions Session

Local Solutions that Address Senior Hunger
Moderator: Brian Hofland, Director, AARP Foundation, Center for Economic Justice

  • Donate: Increase the amount of culturally and age appropriate food available in communities (food pantries, churches/mosques/temples, multicultural communities).
    • Carlos Rodriguez, Vice President of Agency Relations and Benefits Access, The Food Bank for New York City
  • Volunteer: Increase number of volunteer hours dedicated to senior hunger.
    • Lori Strauss, Program Coordinator, Benefits Outreach, AARP Foundation
  • Engage Business: Exploring private sector solutions to senior hunger
    • Jan Jones,  Vice Chair, Harrah’s Foundation
  • Maximize SNAP: Increase the number of Americans 60+ use SNAP/Food Stamps to purchase nutritious food. Emphasis on SNAP program improvements, multicultural outreach & volunteer-led strategies.
    • Duke Storen, Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Partnerships and Outreach,  USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Q/A and Discussion: Brian Hofland, Director AARP Foundation


Introduction: Nancy Arnison, Director for ELCA World Hunger Program

  • Jo Ann Jenkins, President, AARP Foundation


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