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Halting Hunger

by Donya Currie - 12/01/2011

AARP aims to reduce hunger among Georgians of all ages, especially those 60 and older, by helping people apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Hunger is widespread in Georgia, where nearly 17 percent of households reported having trouble putting enough food on the table last year. Among state residents age 60 and older, 21 percent are eligible for SNAP, but many have not applied.

AARP is encouraging enrollment through radio and TV announcements, newspaper ads and — as SNAP registration sites open across the state — fliers distributed by volunteers. To find out if you qualify, call 1-877-957-7627 toll-free and ask about SNAP.

Tax Help

by Donya Currie - 11/01/2011

AARP Georgia is recruiting volunteers for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program — especially in Atlanta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah.

Last year, 835 Georgia volunteers helped almost 56,000 taxpayers prepare their returns, resulting in more than $23 million in refunds. The goal is to help low- and middle-income taxpayers, especially those age 60 and older, keep more money in their pockets for such everyday essentials as food and housing. Volunteers also ensure that taxpayers receive the credits and deductions for which they are eligible.

Volunteer training sessions start in January. For more information, call 1-888-687-2277 toll-free, or fill out an application online at