Make a Difference for Seniors Facing Hunger

Seniors depend on consistent access to nutrition to stay healthy and ensure their medications are effective. Feeding America is here to help, providing meals and groceries to 7 million seniors each year.

More than any other age group, eligible seniors are not enrolled in federal benefits programs, like SNAP. Together we can help our older family members, friends and neighbors stay healthy and strong by assisting them in accessing federal programs that may help them make ends meet.

Meet Donna.

After retiring, Donna sold handmade rugs and wool but when the recession hit, her business suffered. Read Donna's story of how her local food pantry helped.

“It’s not easy to admit you need a helping hand when you’ve lived an independent life for decades.” Donna lives in rural Maine. And despite having worked her whole life, she doesn’t have enough, and there have been times when she’s had to choose between paying the electric bill and buying food.

Thanks to her local food pantry, Donna doesn’t need to make that decision again.

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The Facts on Senior Hunger

13 million adults age 50 and older use the Feeding America network

The rate of food insecurity among seniors age 60 and older has more than doubled since 2001, and today 1 in 11 seniors in the United States does not have enough to eat.

Join us in the fight to #SolveSeniorHunger by getting familiar with the facts:

  • Seniors struggling with hunger are at an increased risk for chronic health conditions, including depression, heart attack, asthma and congestive heart failure.
  • The number of seniors facing hunger is projected to increase significantly in the next 8 years.
  • 13 million older adults (age 50 and older) are served by the Feeding America network. 64% of older adults client households plan to get food from a charitable program regularly.

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