More than 5 million senior citizens age 60 and older face hunger. Seniors face a number of unique medical and mobility challenges that put them at a greater risk of hunger. After a lifetime of hard work, many find themselves struggling with health issues on fixed incomes. Many of these individuals are forced to choose between paying for groceries and buying medicine.
Feeding America addresses the unique challenges of senior hunger through interventions that take into account the health status, medication needs, transportation, physical limitations and dietary restrictions of older Americans. As the proportion of people over the age of 60 continues to grow, Feeding America continues to develop innovative initiatives to get more food to more seniors in need.
In addition to the senior population, evidence shows that older adults who are slightly younger – including those in their 50s – may be particularly vulnerable to certain health and nutrition challenges at higher rates than older seniors.
Learn more about the senior hunger research carried out by Feeding America.