— UPDATE:  It’s time for the Spring Food Drive! Please stop by your participating store location on Friday, April 27 or Saturday, April 28 with non-perishable items for our  2018 Spring Food Drive! Look for our signage and AARP volunteers who will let you know what types of food can be purchased for donation. Every little bit helps.     Wondering where the closest participating location is near you? See below for an up-to-date list of locations: HARVEST 2018 LOCATIONS Anne …

— AARP members, volunteers and staff will be helping out at Sheridan Story on Wednesday, December 6th.  More volunteers are needed, find out more. 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 …

— Always seeking ways to “Serve Not to be Served,” members of Brian Jacks’ AARP VA Roanoke and Lynchburg leadership teams met at Gross and Sons Apple Orchard in Bedford County to glean fallen apples for those in need.  This was our first time participating in such an endeavor to support AARP VA’s September focus on hu     nger.  Brian’s family joined us in the effort.   The effort was set up for us by Sarah Ramey and conducted by …

— By Elissa McCool AARP Foundation’s Fresh Savings, a healthy-food incentive program funded by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is available across the state in 17 counties.  The program is running in five produce retail locations, 13 Farmers Markets and seven Kroger locations throughout Mississippi. Mississippians age 60 and older have a food insecurity rate of 12.45 percent, according to the Food Insecurity Among Older Adults Report, published by the AARP Foundation. SNAP beneficiaries can spend up to …

— You can access the list of Hunger Action Month activities and area food banks by clicking here. If you have any questions about Hunger Action Month or AARP Virginia’s hunger efforts in general, please contact Brian Jacks, Associate State Director – Community Outreach for the Southwest Region, at bjacks@aarp.org or 540-266-0562. Thank you for your efforts to make sure no one goes hungry!

— AARP Oklahoma invites volunteers to help fight hunger and feed hope by participating in its annual Day of Service, Sept. 11. Volunteers can choose one of three locations: the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma in Tulsa, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and the Community Market of Pottawatomie County in Shawnee. Last year, AARP staff and volunteers bagged 4,760 pounds of apples and packed more than 8,800 meals. To sign up, call 877-926-8300 toll-free.

— Earlier this month, 13 AARP members and volunteers helped collect more than 1,000 pounds in food donations for Nassau County veterans service agency VetMart. Volunteers stood outside the entrance to the Carl Place Stop&Shop and encouraged patrons to pick up a few extra items for the food drive while they did their usual shopping. The outpouring of generosity and compassion from the community was incredible – Donations came in by the bagful! Some shoppers handed over more in donations than …

—   Last summer, we led a small troupe of volunteers and staff up to a small farm in Houlton, Maine in the hopes of doing our small part in lessening the burden that thousands of older Mainers face each day when it comes to the most basic of needs: hunger. Hunger is a silent but deadly plague preying on tens of thousands of Mainers, especially children and older adults. According to 2015/2016 research, more than 16% of Maine households are …

— Staying healthy and well nourished—what could be more important? AARP Arkansas is urging lawmakers to support those priorities by expanding health insurance and addressing hunger among older residents. The state office is pushing to sustain Arkansas Works, a program that uses federal funds to help low-income people buy health insurance on the private market. The state’s uninsured rate has dropped dramatically since the program began, but hundreds of thousands of Arkansans will lose their coverage on July 1 if Arkansas …

— The first regular session of the 122nd South Carolina General Assembly will convene on Tuesday, January 10, 2016. AARP South Carolina is ready to work on behalf of its 615,000 Palmetto state members. Need to find contact information for your  House or Senate member?  >> Click here 2017 South Carolina State Advocacy Priorities FAMILY CAREGIVERS – About 700,000* caregivers in SC provide vital services to their loved ones. Caregivers in our state need quality supportive programs and access to services …