Since our founding fifteen years ago, The Campus Kitchens Project has led the national movement against food waste and hunger. Together with our engaged student volunteers across the country, we have recovered over 6 million pounds of food, and prepared and delivered 2.8 million meals; and we’re just getting started. We have always encouraged our student leaders to focus on serving older adults in their communities, and now with more than eight million Baby Boomers age 50 to 64 turning to charitable food assistance to make ends meet, our work is needed more than ever before. One of the most powerful testaments to our work is our partnership with AARP Foundation. Their focus on older adult hunger, like ours, relies not only on the provision of nutritious meals today, but also on the creation of new and innovative programs that address the underlying root causes of hunger, from isolation to access, to break this cycle for good. Over the past four years, together with AARP Foundation we have issued grants to some of the nation’s leading universities to pilot long-term programmatic solutions that address older adult hunger. In this report, we present the most promising innovations created in partnership with student leaders, universities and local service organizations, which we believe can be replicated in communities across the country to address older adult hunger at its source.
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