Too many seniors face hunger

After a lifetime of hard work, 5.2 million seniors face hunger in America. Many older adults make impossible choices like paying for groceries or medical care. Seniors shouldn't spend their golden years worrying about making ends meet.

Facts about senior hunger in America

  • In the United States, 5.3 million seniors face hunger. That's 1 in 14 seniors.
  • 63% of seniors visiting food banks say they have to choose between food and medical care.
  • Hunger takes a serious toll on seniors' health - putting them at risk for chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure and mental health issues like depression. 
  • Millions of seniors qualify for monthly grocery assistance through SNAP, but only 48% receive SNAP benefits.
  • Some seniors are more likely to face hunger, including seniors who identify as Black, Native American, or a person of color and seniors who live in rural areas where grocery stores and transportation aren't accessible.

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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