The problem is straightforward – millions of seniors are facing hunger in America, and while many of them are eligible for key federal benefits like SNAP, they’re not enrolled in the program. That means financial support for seniors in need is left on the table. This is support that could take impossible decisions like choosing to pay for food or medical care, off their plates.
In fact, seniors, more than any other age group are not enrolled in SNAP. Whereas 83% of all eligible men, women and children are taking advantage of SNAP benefits, only 41% of seniors who are eligible are receiving benefits.
Help us speak up this Older Americans Month so we can close this Senior SNAP Gap. Your tweet can make a difference and shine a light on this issue with government officials who can help make the SNAP application process easier for seniors in need.
The Facts on Senior Hunger
The rate of food insecurity among seniors age 60 and older has more than doubled since 2001, and today 1 in 12 seniors face food insecurity in the United States.
Join us in the fight to #SolveSeniorHunger, by getting familiar with the facts:
Since 2000, the senior population has increased 29 percent compared to the overall population growth of 12 percent.
The number of food-insecure seniors is projected to increase by 50 percent when the youngest of the Baby Boomer generation reaches age 60 in 2025.
Food-insecure seniors are at an increased risk for chronic health conditions, including: depression, heart attack, asthma and congestive heart failure.