It's the holiday season and many of us are planning parties and festive holiday meals. But for many in our nation, the holidays are not so festive, especially for those struggling just to put food on the table. Every day, nearly 9 million older adults age 50 and over are at risk for hunger. To help, End Hunger Connecticut! and AARP Foundation are continuing their partnership to help end senior hunger this fall, by hosting free infosessions at senior centers, leading town hall meetings and distributing educational materials at libraries and physicians’ offices. The organizations also are building upon a successful direct mail campaign launched earlier in 2013 to connect food insecure seniors to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). A second mailing began hitting the households of about 50,000 older adults in late October.
When I was a child, I remember summertime as a time of endless possibilities - waiting for that first day of summer vacation with anticipation nearly as great as waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Summertime should be a time for eating watermelon, playing outside and drinking gallons of lemonade. A time for kids to just be kids. They should never have to go hungry or worry about where their next meal will come from.
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