AARP Releases Hunger Report at BronxWorks Morris Senior Center

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Friday, June 10, 2011

On Friday, June 10, the AARP held a press conference at the BronxWorks Morris Senior Center to announce their new report, “Older Adult Food Insecurity: Framing the Issue in New York State.”  The report discusses the need to increase access for seniors to food assistance and nutrition programs.

AARP chose to make their announcement at the Morris Senior Center because the South Bronx has the highest concentration of low-income seniors and one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country.  BronxWorks senior centers serve over 140,000 meals a year.  BronxWorks also has food pantries and helps people apply for food stamps.

One of the report's recommendations is to change the name of food stamps to SNAP, which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (the official federal name).  The report also supports eliminating the requirement that all food stamp applicants be fingerprinted.  Both of these suggestions are meant to help remove the stigma associated with food stamps.

A representative from the office of City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera was also at the press conference.  Councilman Rivera has introduced legislation to change the food stamp name in New York to SNAP.

See the News 12 story below.

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