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Impact Senior Hunger by Getting Involved

Senior hunger is a major problem in North Carolina, but it can be solved by concerned individuals like you taking action. Let AARP NC show you how. Learn how you can impact hunger among seniors in North Carolina

See Also: Drive to End Hunger

In December and January, AARP NC is conducting Senior Hunger listening sessions with the seven Feeding America Food Banks in North Carolina to strategically plan, as partners, how we can implement food assistance programs to those seniors in need of food assistance. With the economic downturn, more and more seniors are making difficult decisions as to whether to eat, pay bills or buy medications.

Food banks and their affiliate food organizations are seeing a significant increase in seniors asking for help. Here are some suggestions as to how anyone can help, based on needs seen by AARP NC and the Food Banks: recruit volunteers to do pre-screening enrollment for FNS (food stamps/Food and Nutrition Services); organize food drives among civic organizations, churches, universities and senior centers, etc.; conduct training on aging services and programs on aging for food bank staff members to raise awareness as to how to make referrals; target specific faith-based organizations for FNS enrollment; and collaborate with existing events such as the Dine in and Dine Out campaign, hunger walks/runs, etc. to increase awareness about senior hunger in North Carolina.

Do you have some ideas about how to help end senior hunger? Please submit your ideas via email sblack@aarp.org and get involved by volunteering, organizing a food drive, or participating in a senior hunger event. Contact the AARP NC office at 1-866-389-5650 or visit Create the Good. to volunteer or Drive to End Hunger drivetoendhunger.org to learn more about Food Banks and programs in your area.

If you know someone needing food assistance, contact Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) for eligibility to enroll or call 1-919-334-1224.

Working together, we can find solutions to alleviate senior hunger.

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