FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 1, 2013
AARP Media Relations
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AARP: Fighting Hunger is About People, Not Politics
WASHINGTON— Today, AARP and AARP Foundation reiterated their commitment to making sure the more than nine million older Americans at risk for hunger get the help they need. Debra Whitman, AARP Executive Vice President, Policy, Strategy and International issued the following statement:
“AARP and AARP Foundation have worked tirelessly to help address the hunger crisis in America. Research shows there are more than 9 million Americans 50 and older at risk of hunger every day—a number that has increased by 79 percent in 10 years. By raising awareness of public benefits, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and through initiatives including Drive to End Hunger, AARP and AARP Foundation are helping to ensure that millions of older Americans have access to the food they need.
“Through Drive to End Hunger, AARP and AARP Foundation have donated more than 23 million meals and continue to work tirelessly to eliminate hunger among older Americans.”
“For many years, we have also connected people who are eligible for SNAP based on their financial need with an important source of help. Unfortunately, approximately 65 percent of low-income people age 60 and older who are eligible for help purchasing food are not accessing the resources available. Research shows that many people who are eligible don’t sign up for a number of reasons, including fear of taking benefits away from someone more needy, feeling too proud or embarrassed to sign up for assistance or because they don’t know that SNAP is available and they might qualify for it.
“Since its founding, AARP has fought for older adults. If any one is going hungry, that’s one too many. We will continue to help older Americans access the help they need to keep food on their tables and to keep from falling through the cracks.”
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a bilingual news source. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.