Documentary Showcases Senior Hunger

Posted on 12/15/2013 by | AARP Georgia | Comments

       Join us for live viewings in Macon and Chamblee of Senior Hunger in Georgia, a 30-minute, made-for-TV documentary detailing the plight of the hungry. Told in a series of short interviews, a mix of aid recipients, SNAP coordinators, government officials and food bank operators outline the severity and persistence of the problem, which remains unabated even as the economy slowly recovers, and covers what’s being done to assist.

       “Hunger remains a major problem in Georgia, especially for older residents,” said Karen Cooper, assistant state director of AARP Georgia. “There continues to be a lot of silent suffering, and this documentary graphically details the problem and what’s being done to reduce it.”

       Among people 50+ in Georgia, nearly 12 percent live below the poverty line, almost 10 percent are unemployed, and more than 9 percent are threatened by hunger on a daily basis.

       Senior Hunger in Georgia was produced by the AARP Foundation and coordinated by the AARP Georgia state office.  Panel discussions will be held after each viewing, with time for questions and answers.

       Public access TV stations across the state are also showing the documentary.   

       In Chamblee, the film will be shown at Senior Connections, 5238 Peachtree Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To RSVP, contact  Nataša Bilić, executive assistant, Senior Connections, at NBilic@seniorconnectionsatl.org.

       In Macon, the documentary will be shown at the Middle Georgia Regional Commission Conference Room, Suite C, at 175 Emery Highway, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. To RSVP, contact Nicole Gaither, Middle Georgia Area Agency on Aging, at ngaither@mg-rc.org