Senior Hunger

More than 4 million senior citizens 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. 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. 

  • 7 million individuals served by Feeding America each year are seniors age 60 or older.
  • More than 33 percent of client households have at least one member who is age 60 or older. 
  • 63 percent of client households with seniors report making choices between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care.
  • More than three out of four (77 percent) client households with seniors have a member(s) with high blood pressure, and nearly half (47 percent) have a member(s) with diabetes.