May 6, 2015
by Emily Basten

May is Older Americans Month, the national month to celebrate seniors. In America there is more than enough food to feed every man, woman and child, yet one in 12 seniors do not have enough food to live healthy lives.

This May, Feeding America is asking you to help Solve Senior Hunger by engaging in three ways: 1.) Share a #SolveSeniorHunger selfie (find out how), 2.) Support the Older Americans Act (act now), and 3.) Organize a Solve Senior Hunger food drive.

Seniors have unique nutritional needs and require special foods to keep themselves healthy and strong. Existing senior hunger research reveals that individuals age 60 and older are experiencing heightened rates of food insecurity and are particularly vulnerable to the negative health and nutrition implications of food insecurity.

You can help food-insecure seniors receive more of the good food they need to meet their nutritional needs by organizing a Solve Senior Hunger food drive in honor of Older Americans Month 2015.

Senior focused food drives are a great way to raise awareness of senior hunger in America among family, friends, classmates and colleagues. When you collect and donate senior friendly food items, Feeding America network food banks, food pantries and meal programs can provide more nutritious food to their senior clients.

Look for senior friendly foods like these to help food-insecure seniors in your community access the nutritious food they need.

Senior Friendly Food Items


  • Fiber plus, or other type of granola bar
  • Grits
  • Pasta – preferably whole wheat
  • Oatmeal
  • Flour
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Whole-grain items
  • Raisin bran, Toasted Oats, Corn Flakes or similar-type low-sugar breakfast cereal


  • Canned tuna
  • Canned chicken
  • Peanut butter
  • Cheese/and or peanut butter crackers
  • Nuts
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Grape nuts
  • Single-serve meals with protein e.g. beans & franks, beef stew, macaroni o’s, chili, lasagna, beans and rice, mac & cheese

Other Items (list is not inclusive)

  • 100 percent fruit juice
  • Animal crackers
  • Apple sauce
  • Canned vegetables
  • Decaf coffee
  • Ensure/boost-type nutrition drinks
  • Gummy fruit snacks
  • Low-sodium items
  • Pop-top can items

Visit to find or contact your local food bank to find a community drop off site near you. Together, we can solve hunger and ensure our parents and grandparents have enough good food to eat.

Thank you for helping to Solve Senior Hunger!

*Emily Basten is manager of program development for Feeding America.

Tags: Hunger in the News , Give Food

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