Jenkins added that, "to make matters worse, Washington is out of touch with its constituents. As seniors choose between food and medicine, some lawmakers are threatening lifeline programs that provide a boost to those in poverty or a safety net to those grasping at the middle class."
Jenkins further stated that with nearly 16 percent of seniors already living in poverty, the U. S. cannot afford to slide further backward. She said the Foundation is working to ensure that low-income Americans 50-plus can regain a foothold and meet their basic needs.
"Through AARP's Drive to End Hunger initiative, the Foundation has donated more than 3.7 million meals to local hunger relief organizations," Jenkins said. "Other Foundation programs help older Americans find and train for new jobs, access public benefits and complete their educations."
More information is available at www.aarpfoundation.org