Feeding America announced today that it received a $500,000 grant from AARP Foundation in support of its Senior Grocery Program. The program provides low-income older adults who are at risk of hunger access to nutritious food, including fresh produce, which they can easily prepare and consume at home.
The food provided through the Senior Grocery Program complements the shelf stable food eligible older Americans receive through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a federal program that includes people older than 60. Also, the Senior Grocery Program helps address the growing food needs of older Americans not served through the U.S. government feeding program.
In fiscal 2011, Feeding America provided more than 35 million meals through its Senior Grocery Program. To help to continue to put food on the table for millions of older adults, Feeding America has set a goal to serve more than 44 million meals through this program, an increase of 25 percent, by fiscal 2018.
"AARP Foundation's $500,000 grant to Feeding America helps bolster the continued efforts of both of our organizations in the fight against older adult hunger," said AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins."By aligning with an organization that has a proven track record in hunger relief, we are able to multiply our work with local organizations nationwide to reach more people and make resources go further."
AARP Foundation has provided Feeding America with an estimated total of $700,000 in grants in 2012 and 2013. AARP Foundation is the first national funder to support grants for Feeding America's Senior Grocery Program, and the relationship with the Foundation is critical in helping the nation's leading hunger-relief organization expand this program across its network.
"We are very excited to work with AARP Foundation on this innovative project and look forward to exploring additional opportunities to help address the unique needs of older Americans. It is estimated that nearly 9 million people over the age 50 and 4 million over the age of 60 in our nation live at risk of hunger, and many seniors have trouble making ends meet on fixed incomes. By providing easy access to fresh produce and nutritious food we can help older adults get the food they need," said Bob Aiken, president and CEO of Feeding America.
The new grant from AARP Foundation will encompass:
The following grantees were awarded the funding for their Senior Grocery Program:
|Chattanooga Area Food Bank||Chattanooga||TN||Start-up program|
|East Texas Food Bank||Tyler||TN||Program expansion|
|Food Bank for New York City||New York||NY||Start-up program|
|Food Bank of Eastern Michigan||Flint||MI||Program expansion|
|Foodbank of Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara||CA||Program expansion|
|Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.||Lafayette||IN||Start-up program|
|FOOD for Lane County||Eugene||OR||Start-up program|
|Inter-Faith Food Shuttle||Raleigh||NC||Program expansion|
|Lowcountry Food Bank||Charleston||SC||Start-up program|
|South Plains Food Bank||Lubbock||TX||Program expansion|
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Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, strengthen communities, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP's affiliated charity. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.