Educate yourself on the latest opportunities and best practices occurring here in Georgia. One great way to do this is to attend Georgia’s annual Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Healthy Communities Summit that is typically held in June. The Summit includes experts, policymakers, as well as community stakeholders. The summit also includes Senior Hunger Initiative sessions on the five focus areas outlined in the state plan to address senior hunger. To learn more, visit aging.georgia.gov/programs-and-services/adrc-healthy-communities-summit.
Throughout this toolkit, we shared state level resources and services available to seniors. We encourage you to share and leverage these resources and reach out to us to share what you see that is working in Georgia and other states. Together we can work to find effective and lasting solutions to address senior hunger in Georgia!
A great access point for information to help vulnerable older adults in Georgia are the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). AAAs are located throughout Georgia to offer support in every county. Part of the services offered are nutritious home delivered meals and weekday congregate meals in a group setting. To find out answers from your local AAA, please call 866-552-4464.
We have shared many resources that include non-food options to address senior hunger and another important contact is the Elderly Legal Assistance Program (ELAP). ELAP addresses issues regarding income; consumer protection; abuse, neglect and exploitation; healthcare; housing; long-term care and more. Through federal funding, Georgians 60 years of age and older can receive access to lawyers and paralegals who provide representation in non-criminal legal cases, information on many issues of interest to seniors and community education to prevent harm that may potentially be caused by not having access to legal assistance.
You can find other volunteer opportunities that are available throughout Georgia by finding your local AAA at aging.georgia.gov/locations and reading the ways to get involved in your area.
- Volunteer with organizations working with older adults.
- Identify how the organization you lead or work with can better serve older adults.
- Map out resources and services available to older adults.
- Direct seniors to government services that are available.
- Share your knowledge of the problem, expertise and the solutions with others.
One critical access point is your region’s senior hunger coalition. If you would like to learn more about your coalition and how you can take part, please contact your local AAA.
The work to address senior hunger is shared at aging.georgia.gov/get-involved/senior-hunger.