ALBANY, GA (WALB) - According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), nearly 10 million senior citizens are at risk of hunger.
On Tuesday, the public was invited to attend a special listening session to give their input on how Georgia can combat the issue of starving older adults.
The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) is hoping to hear feedback from South Georgians to incorporate a State Plan on Senior Hunger.
The plan is a first of its kind for Georgia serving as a road map for state and local agencies, non-profits, and community organizations as they try to eliminate the hunger issue among older Georgians.
"Until people talk about it, and share what's going on, then you can't really address it," said Executive Director Debbie Blanton. "You don't know there's a problem unless people talk about it. So yes, hopefully, that's the intent, is that we're going to create a plan that's going to address this, and make a difference."
Tuesday's free listening session was one of 12 regional sessions scheduled throughout the state.
Copyright 2017 WALB. All rights reserved.