Rob Williams, photo courtesy of The Sheridan Story

By Laura Ledray More than 100,000 children in the Twin Cities live in food insecurity; meaning they are not sure where their next meal will come from. This is a statistic that Rob Williams repeatedly shares when he explains the mission of The Sheridan Story. For children who are food insecure, school offers them a nutritious breakfast and lunch option, but when school ends on Friday hunger returns. Williams is the Executive Director of The Sheridan Story, a non-profit organization …

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March for Meals is a month-long observance to spotlight senior hunger and food insecurity (one in seven seniors in America faces food insecurity on a regular basis) and how Meals on Wheels solves the problem by providing daily hot, nutritious meals to seniors. The March for Meals will take place Saturday, March 19th 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Kleiner Park, Meridian. The march event will depart from the park’s band-shell and will be 1/3-mile long within the park.  There …

Volunteer Linda Patterson and AARP Associate State Director Leo Scarpati, sort food items during a Second Harvest Food Bank distribution event at Walter Byers Elementary School in Charlotte. Photo by D.L. Anderson

Por Rebecca Carr Los esfuerzos de voluntariado de Linda Patterson con AARP venían con una recompensa oculta. “El voluntariado me ayuda tanto a mí como a ellos”, dijo Patterson, quien trabaja con el programa Cómo vivir más y mejor, de AARP. El programa ayuda a las personas mayores a desarrollar estilos de vida más saludables a través de la dieta y el ejercicio, así como asesorándolas respecto a decisiones difíciles, como dónde vivir a medida que envejecen. Patterson, de 66 …

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By Consuela Chapman, MSW, LCSWA, LCASA As the holidays approach and we sit down to give thanks; let’s not forget that hunger in North Carolina remains a serious problem. While we break bread with family and friends, we must not lose sight of the fact North Carolina is in the top 10 states when it comes to food insecurity. In a report released in 2014 by the USDA Economic Research Service ranked North Carolina the 5th most food-insure state in …

Tom-Home Delivered Meals YouTube Video

Home-bound residents often depend on delivery of their meals while recovering from an accident or an illness. Here’s the story of District resident Tom Quinn who was discharged from the hospital for a hip and ankle fracture. He found it hard to get around and could not maneuver the steps to his apartment. He’s making it work with “Home-Delivered Meals,” a program offered by the D.C. Office on Aging. Tom feels good about people doing something for everyone. He calls …

Mary-SNAP Pt2 YouTube Video

Mary says that “volunteer” is her middle name. “I’m a volunteer talk-show host and an advocate for a healthcare program in the District of Columbia and I’m a senior citizen.”  She’s also retired and lives on a fixed income.  When she was in her mid 60s she connected with a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) and it made a big difference in her life.   Mary worked with a DC agency that helped her sign up …

Murella - Congregate Programs YouTube Video

There are several ways to tackle hunger in among the elderly in Washington, DC. Here is Murelda’s story. Murelda Gass has family in Santo Domingo, Honduras and Jamaica.  She’s been in the U.S. for nearly 45 years and has been retired for eight of those years.  She teaches at a wellness center and likes sitting down to socialize and exchange ideas with the people who come every day for a hot meal.  It’s part of the “Congregate Meals Program.”  You …

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AARP and AARP Foundation Step In to Keep Older Big Bend Residents From Hunger While Long-Term Solutions Are Found AARP, AARP Foundation contribute $12,000 to keep Second Harvest of the Big Bend food program going; program helps 635 older Big Bend residents find food Sept. 2, 2015 Media Contact: Dave Bruns 850.228.2759, dbruns@aarp.org Tallahassee, Fla. – AARP Foundation, AARP’s charitable affiliate, and AARP today announced a $12,000 donation to America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend to help maintain a food program …

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Start your engines race fans!  Do you want to have a fun night out and help a great cause at the same time?  AARP is proud to fuel and support the Utah Food Bank in its race to end hunger on Saturday, June 27 for its 19th birthday bash.  Just bring five cans of food to the Raceways and you’ll get free admission! AARP’s Drive to End Hunger is proud to support the Utah Food Bank, which distributed over 31 …

Susan Payes and Linda at Richmond GSC food drive

The sign-up period for volunteering for the 2015 Food Drive has begun and the deadline to participate is July 30, 2015! Some people can’t afford to splurge on certain luxuries–unfortunately, food is considered a luxury for many. Every day, nearly nine million older Americans face the risk of hunger. They’re our friends, our neighbors and our family, and they don’t want to be a burden–so they suffer in silence. That’s why AARP and AARP Foundation have teamed up for Drive …