An estimated one in ten New Jersey residents (more than 900,000) experienced food insecurity in 2018. They did not have an adequate, consistent supply of food and an estimated two thirds of these individuals qualified for some form of nutrition assistance. Over the past two years, we’ve seen New Jersey-based searches and unique users on…

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By Jodi Gonzalez, Contributor to Aunt BerthaWorking toward a degree can be an exciting time in a student’s life. It is a solid step toward a rewarding future and a dream fulfilled. However, for some students, it can also be a stressful time with outside factors such as food insecurity, medical or mental health issues,…

McAllen, Texas

By Ellen Chang, Contributor to Aunt Bertha A town with a population of 143,433 based on the latest census estimates, McAllen gained notoriety in 2009 when Atul Gawande, a surgeon, chronicled the healthcare costs of the 21st largest city in Texas. In his 2009 article for the New Yorker called “The Cost Conundrum,” Gawande found…

AARP Foundation and Aunt Bertha have launched voice-assisted search for local social services to be used by seniors in affordable housing communities in Northwest Baltimore. In 2018, AARP Foundation piloted an innovative program with Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI), a Baltimore-based organization that helps older residents remain independent in their homes. Together, they distributed Amazon…

People in need who land on our site are usually in tough circumstances. Sometimes, they’re going through the hardest moment of their lives. Our team has thought very hard about how to make their search experience as simple, fast, and relevant as possible. When someone accepts that he/she needs help and takes the steps to…

By Ellen Chang, Contributor to Aunt Bertha Women have many reasons to celebrate on Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day: pay gaps have shrunk, more females are leading companies as CEOs, and dozens of women have run successfully for political office at the national level. For over four decades, Congress has celebrated Women’s Equality Day to…

By Matthew Price, Contributor to Aunt Bertha Do the dog days of summer have you thinking it’s too hot to work out? There are several options available to keep your fitness routine going while keeping cool. The following dozen ideas can help you maintain an exercise routine when the summer heat gets to be too…

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At Aunt Bertha, we’re seeing a growing disparity between searches for food assistance and the supply of local programs to meet demand, a trend that seems to be worsening with time.

We’ve got smartphones, GPS everywhere, amazing digital assistants that do our bidding via voice command, and robots ready to take over the world. But we’re still sweating. A lot. It’s a problem. Every summer is a harsh reminder that as advanced as our technology has gotten, we’re still trying to solve the basic problem of…

Summer dog, panting

by Jodi N. Gonzalez, Contributor to Aunt Bertha The dog days of summer are here, and not just for us humans. Our furry friends are in the heat of it as well, and keeping them cool is a top priority. Staying inside is the obvious way to avoid the summer heat, but pets still want…