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AARP and its affiliated charity, AARP Foundation, have announced a multi-million dollar effort to help end hunger among older Americans.

Among the highlights of this effort is a text messaging campaign aimed at raising money to support local programs designed to help seniors and older American access public benefits, connect with local food banks and put nutritious food on the table.

Text ‘hunger’ to 50555 to donate $10 to help AARP Foundation fight hunger among older Americans. Nationwide, AARP and AARP Foundation are launching anti-hunger initiatives including volunteer-led food drives, a major fundraising campaign, new online hunger resources (www.aarp.org/hunger) and local Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach and enrollment.

 While more than seven million older Americans are eligible for SNAP, only about one-third – approximately 2.4 million people—actually are receiving benefits. In communities across the country, AARP offices and AARP Foundation volunteers are working to get older Americans enrolled in SNAP.

AARP Oklahoma is one of 27 states nationwide that has collected food for local food banks in 2010.

“I personally am so glad AARP is making this issue a top priority,” said AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons. “This long-term commitment between AARP and AARP Foundation will go a long way in making sure that no one has to make the devastating choice between basic needs like food, housing or utilities.”
 
This year, six million older Americans will go hungry. Between 2006 and 2008, the percentage of poor and near-poor elderly who were hungry more than doubled—from 4.7 percent to 10.1 percent, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Throughout the fall, AARP is highlighting personal stories and the latest research on hunger in AARP publications including AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin and AARP VIVA. Learn more about hunger among older Americans, start or join a food drive, or access resources.

For each text message, $10, the amount of the donation, will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid account. Additional charges such as Message and Data Rates may apply.  Reply STOP with the keyword “hunger” to stop receiving additional text messages. 

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