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AARP Washington is harnessing the collective power of our more than 900,000 members in the state, by providing food, time and cash donations to food banks across the state and to the National Association of Meals on Wheels.
Recent studies have found that hunger and lack of access to regular meals is a growing problem among older people. According to Meals on Wheels, 5 percent of those 65 and older in Washington state are at risk of hunger. Nationally more than 5 million people over 65 experienced some form of food insecurity. At the same time, donations to food banks have declined while visits from people in need are rising.
As part of AARP’s Create the Good community service program, AARP is asking its members to donate five cans of food, $5 or to volunteer five hours at local food banks.
How can you help? Visit the Create the Good website. There is information on how you can help a family in need, get help paying for food, or you can explore volunteer opportunities in your own community. Or you can visit the websites below for more information on how to get involved.
Northwest Harvest collects and distributes food to approximately 300 hunger programs in Washington state. In an average month, these programs provide nearly half a million services to people in need. More than half of those served are children and the elderly.
Meals on Wheels
A groundbreaking research study found that as of 2007, there were nearly 6 million seniors facing the threat of hunger. Get involved with Meals on Wheels by volunteering for a local Meals on Wheels program or by making a donation.
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