As part of the AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger, AARP in Arizona is recruiting volunteers to assist seniors in the application process for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as food stamps.
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Nearly 9 million people nationwide, age 50 and over, are at risk of hunger every day according to a recent AARP Foundation report entitled, “Food Insecurity among Older Adults”. In Arizona it’s estimated that 8.65 percent of people 50+ face the risk of hunger.
Drive to End Hunger campaign is a multipronged effort by AARP and AARP Foundation to not only raise awareness of the issue of food insecurity but end hunger among seniors. The AARP Foundation report found that in 2009, 4.9 million 50- to 59-year-olds in the U.S. were at risk of hunger representing a staggering 38 percent increase over 2007 numbers.
“The tough economy has had an impact on seniors, and we know that there are many elderly in our state that qualify for SNAP benefits but don’t know it,” said David Parra, AARP Arizona Associate State Director. “We’re helping to lead this effort as part of AARP’s Drive to End Hunger to recruit volunteers who could assist older people in applying for SNAP assistance through the remainder of this year.”
Parra adds that people interested in volunteering would be required to attend a one-day computer training to learn the SNAP application process. Those interested should feel comfortable operating a computer. Volunteers are needed in the Maricopa County area.
“We’re working with St. Mary’s Food Bank and the Central Arizona Kinship Care Coalition in this effort,” added Parra. People interested in volunteering should contact David Parra at AARP Arizona at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-414-7637.
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