As part of our ongoing Create The Good® hunger campaign, AARP has teamed up with Project Bread, one of the leading anti-hunger organizations in Massachusetts, to reach seniors in need.
AARP knows low-income older Massachusetts residents are increasingly at risk of going hungry. Help is available through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly known as the Food Stamp Program), but many eligible seniors are not enrolled in this important source of food assistance. The USDA reported in January 2008 that only 12.8 percent of seniors living below the poverty level are enrolled in SNAP nationwide. Eligibility for SNAP is based on household size, income, and expenses. The average benefit for a senior is $120 per month, or $1,440 a year.
Become a SNAP enrollment volunteer and help us reach seniors who are at risk of going hungry in the Bay State. Project Bread trains and places volunteers at local area emergency food programs to:
Screen seniors with low incomes for SNAP eligibility
Provide information on SNAP
Refer eligible clients to Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline for application assistance
Ongoing support is provided, and volunteers may work for as little as two hours a week.
To learn more about becoming a SNAP enrollment volunteer, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the AARP Create The Good Hunger Campaign
This fall, AARP Massachusetts in support of Create the Good will work to fight hunger. We’ve organized food drives to benefit Open Pantry Community Services in Springfield, and collected 525 pounds of food for the Greater Boston Food Bank at our recent AARP Governor’s Forum at Faneuil Hall.