AARP New Mexico and AARP Foundation are joining other organizations in an effort to end hunger in the state.

The North Central New Mexico Economic Development District is hosting a hunger summit July 17-18 at the Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque. The goal is to raise awareness and brainstorm solutions. Participants will learn about programs that mitigate hunger and improve nutrition.

New Mexico ranks among the top 10 states for residents age 60-plus at risk of hunger. More than 20 percent of state residents live in poverty, including nearly 12 percent of those age 65 and older.

Instead of a registration fee, participants are asked to bring at least half a bag of groceries or donate $20. For more information, go to ncnmedd.com/aaa_hunger or call 866-699-4927 toll-free.

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