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AARP to Host National Video Forum on Hunger June 3

~ Poverty and Aging: The Growing Problem of Hunger and Older Adults ~

ANCHORAGE, AK – AARP Alaska will join 26 other AARP state offices in hosting a live national video conference on Poverty and Aging: the Growing Problem of Hunger and Older Adults Thursday, June 3 in the AARP Alaska State Office in Anchorage.

Recent studies have identified a hidden and growing phenomenon in the U.S.: Older adult hunger. Over five million older Americans are at risk of hunger and the number will only increase as the number older Americans increases. The number and percentage of poor and near-poor elderly with very low food security in the U.S. more than doubled between 2006 and 2008 (from 4.7% to 10.1%).

WHAT: National video conference on the growing problem of hunger and older adults

WHEN: Thursday, June 3, 2010

8 – 11 am national video conference, followed by

11 am – 12 noon local discussion with anti-hunger advocates and leaders

WHO: See attached agenda for the list of speakers for the 8 – 11 am national video conference.

Expected attendees in Anchorage include the Municipality of Anchorage, the Food Bank of Alaska, the Alaska Food Coalition, University of Alaska Anchorage and via audio the Palmer Senior Center and the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Ken Osterkamp, AARP Alaska State Director will lead a discussion of conference attendees from 11 am – 12 noon on what can be done to address the growing problem of hunger in Alaska.

WHERE: AARP Alaska State Office Conference Room

3601 C Street, Suite 1420, Anchorage

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