It is a Monday afternoon, and my telephone rings. It is a woman, Mary, who wants to know more about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). She takes care of her sister, Rose, who has dementia and is having trouble making ends meet. She has heard about AARP’s SNAP application service and wants to know if she is eligible. I ask her a couple of short questions, and am able to tell her that based on the information she has given me, she is likely eligible. I hear a sigh of relief, and after a thank you, she confirms that she will come to the appointment.
“Did you tell him my news?” I asked referring to my offer and acceptance to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA with AARP Foundation in New York City addressing older adult hunger and food insecurity. “Yes,” my dad responded, “Sam protested that you were a country girl and farmer at heart and didn’t belong in a big city.”
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