April has been recognized as Senior Hunger Awareness Month in Georgia, bringing attention to an issue that affects over 8% of older Georgians who face food insecurity. This means that they are uncertain about how they will pay for their next meal, or they may not have access to balanced, nutritious meals on a regular basis.
To address this issue, the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger and Feeding America conducted a study in 2014 that analyzed and ranked states based on senior food insecurity, with Georgia ranking among the top 10. Georgia is currently ranked #9. This prompted Governor Nathan Deal to start the Summit on Senior Hunger, which led to the first State plan on Senior Hunger after the 2nd Summit in 2017.
The State plan included the hiring of a state Senior Hunger coordinator role, the formation of AAA's senior hunger coalitions, data collection, and the development of a policy brief on Senior Hunger to be shared across the state.
Governor Brian Kemp recently signed the proclamation, which is another great step towards addressing senior hunger in the state and formally recognizing that it is a growing concern.
Senior Hunger Awareness Month provides an opportunity for Georgians to raise awareness and take action to address this pressing issue. There are various ways to get involved, including volunteering at local food banks, advocating for policy changes, and donating to organizations that work to end senior hunger. Together, we can help ensure that all Georgians have access to the nutritious food they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
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