Attention Springfield Residents!
Nearly 9 million people 50+ face the risk of hunger every day. But you can help! AARP Illinois is teaming up with the Springfield Senior Center to fight hunger. Every Wednesday during the month of November, bring your nonperishable food items to the Springfield Senior Center (701 W. Mason in Springfield) between 8:00am and 5:00pm and receive a FREE AARP cloth grocery bag. This food drive is sponsored by the State Journal-Register.
Mark your calendars! You can make a difference for hungry seniors in your local community every Wednesday in November!
For more information, contact the Springfield Senior Center at 217-528-4035 or AARP Illinois at 866-448-3613.
Did you know?
- The largest federal government program is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. While more than 7 million older Americans are eligible for SNAP, less than one-third are actually receiving benefits.
- From 2001 through 2009, the number of people age 50 and above struggling with hunger or lacking sufficient nutrition and food resources rose by almost 80 percent.
- Through Drive to End Hunger, AARP and AARP Foundation are helping to raise awareness about the issue of senior hunger. Since the initiative launched in February 2011, Drive to End Hunger has provided nearly 16 million meals to older people and raised $17.7 million through individual and corporate donations.