U.S. Census Current Population Survey shows that the number of people age 50-59 living below the official poverty is growing. We also know that food insecurity rates for the 50-59 cohort have increased substantially. This information leads the AARP Foundation to believe that the rise in food insecurity rates among this population can be explained by their lack of enrollment in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps). Read about the AARP Foundation's Anti-Hunger efforts as well as the AARP's Drive to End Hunger campaign.
Hiram Lopez-Landin is a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, working for the Hunger Impact Program at the AARP foundation and will be conducting focus groups in the Mining District and Silver City on June 6, 2012.
The goal of this project is to attempt to identify reasons for nonparticipation in SNAP among people ages 50-59.
Criteria for participants are that they must be between the ages of50-59 years old and have a low income.Also, they must have not received benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits in the last 5 years.
Confidentiality will be protected;the names of participants will not be linked to voices, responses, or identities. Participants will receive a cash gift $20.00 at the conclusion of the focus group session.
Please call Alicia or Mindy at The Volunteer Center of Grant County, 575-388-2988, to register for the focus groups.