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Today, thousands of older adults are experiencing hunger and there are even more at risk due to the recession. In Philadelphia over 330,000 people are at risk for hunger, and nationally nearly 9 million older adults face food insecurity.

Therefore, AARP-Pennsylvania and AARP Foundation are pleased to announce an opportunity to all faith-based organizations to apply for hunger micro grants. These grants are aimed to relive hunger among people age 50-plus in Philadelphia’s African American community to fund 2014 hunger relief projects.

In Philadelphia, over 470,000 people participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides low-income residents with monthly food assistance to buy food at grocery stores, farmers’ markets and small businesses.  These glaring statistics among others serve as a platform for AARP Pennsylvania in partnership with the AARP Foundation to award several Philadelphia faith based community organizations micro grants to aid in the costs of serving the vulnerable 50+ in the fight against hunger.

The micro-grants are created to help organizations assist the portion of the 50+ population in Philadelphia that are “food insecure,” meaning they occasionally lack access to enough food to lead a healthy lifestyle.

AARP members are working together with the Foundation’s overall initiatives to feed those who are hungry now, while also developing long-term, sustainable solutions to the root causes of hunger among those 50 and older.

Information to apply for the grant is below. Applications are due on or before Friday, October 10, 2014, 5:00pm.

Applications can be mailed to Joi Hopkins at 1650 Market Street, Suite 675, Philadelphia, PA 19103

or faxed to 215-665-8529, or emailed to jmhopkins@aarp.org

Late applications will NOT be accepted. Applicant houses of worship are encouraged to apply. For more information about the grant application process contact Joi M. Hopkins at jmhopkins@aarp.org or 267-825-9928.

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