In a survey of AARP Nevada members released 2012, 80 percent of those surveys said they were concerned about hunger in their communities.
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What was perhaps even more compelling is that more than 12,000 member households indicated they had had a hard time paying for food in the previous 12 months.
A Willingness to Help
When asked what they could do to help, 32 percent said they were willing to volunteer at a food bank. As a result of that feedback the AARP Nevada State Office has organized quarterly food assembly groups at Three Square, the largest food bank in Southern Nevada. The next workday is scheduled for Sept. 11.
Thirty-three percent expressed a desire to help by donating money to food banks and hunger-fighting organizations and 62 percent indicated a willingness to donate food.
How AARP is Addressing the Issue
Nationally, AARP Foundation has been working to address how hunger impacts seniors through collaborations with a number of other organizations. One of our campaigns involves helping the United State Postal Services promote their Stamp out Hunger campaign, in which postal carriers collect food along their routes which is then turned over the food service organizations.
Another major initiative involves NASCAR’s Hendricks Motorsports and Jeff Gordon’s #24 car in the Drive to End Hunger. Millions in cash and food has already been raised in the first year of the three-year campaign.
In addition to our local work with Three Square, AARP Nevada is also working with the Interfaith Council of Churches to provide information to their congregations about SNAP, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps).
Want to get involved? You can find local organizations that need your help through Create the Good. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the AARP Nevada State office to learn about other volunteer opportunities, 1-866-389-5652 toll-free.