Senior hunger poses unique challenges

Nearly 5.3 million senior citizens face hunger in our country. After a lifetime of hard work, many older adults find themselves facing an impossible choice — to pay for groceries or medical care. And as the baby-boom generation ages, the number of seniors facing hunger is only expected to increase. Feeding America is working hard to prevent this.

As America ages, hunger pains grow

The rate of hunger among seniors aged 60 and older has increased by 38% since 2001, a lingering effect of the 2008-09 recession. At the current rate, the number of food-insecure seniors may grow to more than 8 million by 2050. And hunger pains can be increasingly painful as we age:

  • 63% of senior households served by the Feeding America network are forced to choose between food and medical care.
  • Households served by the Feeding America network that includes an adult of the age 50 or older are at an increased risk of having someone with a chronic health condition, including diabetes (41%) and high blood pressure (70%) — conditions that can be mitigated by healthy food options.
  • Only 48% of eligible seniors are enrolled and receiving SNAP benefits (formerly Food Stamps) — making assistance programs for SNAP enrollment that much more important for seniors.

Helping to feed our seniors in their golden years

Feeding America is committed to helping our senior population. We serve 7 million Americans 60 or older, plus nearly 6 million more adults between the ages of 50 and 59. We design programs that take into account the health considerations, transportation needs, physical limitations and dietary restrictions of older Americans. But we can’t do this important work without you.

Give to Feeding America today

For every dollar donated, the Feeding America network of food banks secures and distributes at least 10 meals to people facing hunger.

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