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Hungry in America: People Not Getting Enough to Eat — and Some Solutions

A documentary series puts faces on a national crisis

Senior food giveaway in Dallas, Texas

Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos

USA, Dallas, TX. 2010. Senior food give away.

Who are the 9 million older Americans not getting enough to eat in the world's wealthiest nation? What are their circumstances? And who is trying to help them?

AARP and AARP Foundation wanted to find out. Working with the renowned Magnum Photos agency and the Homelands Productions journalism cooperative, they sent teams of journalists into the field around the country.

The stories and images these journalists collected are the basis of the four-part documentary Hungry in America. Watch each story below. Then consider what you can do.

the documentary

Robert Watson, a senior dealing with hunger.

A Little Goes a Long Way

6 million older Americans don't get enough food. Follow one woman's quest to find the people who need help. Watch

Eldery woman living in poverty on her porch in Tuolumne County, California.

Hard Choices

What do you need the most? Shelter? Heat? Food? Watch

Vel Scott, promoter of healthy eating habits for the elderly

The Woman Who Wouldn't Quit on the Poor

Vel Scott shares her passion for healthy eating with people at hospitals and schools. Watch

the background

Journalist's Notebook: What Hunger Looks Like in America

"Most people I met seemed to see their predicament as a fact of life, not as part of a national crisis," says Jonathan Miller. read

bread and water

AARP Drive to End Hunger

Understand the issues of hunger in America and learn how you can help others. Do