Facts about senior hunger in America
- In 2020, 5.2 million seniors aged 60+ faced hunger. That's 1 in 15 seniors or 6.8% of all seniors.
- Hunger takes a severe toll on seniors' health and nutrition - putting them at risk for chronic health conditions like depression, asthma, and diabetes.
- Some seniors are more likely to face hunger due to racial and economic inequality. Seniors are more likely to face hunger if they identify as Black, Latino, or Native America; have lower incomes; or have a disability.
- Nutrition programs are available to help seniors afford food, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
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Senior Food Programs
The Feeding America network is addressing senior hunger through our senior food programs. Last year, the Feeding America network served over 1 million seniors.
Senior Hunger Research
Hunger affects seniors differently. Our research helps us better understand senior hunger in the United States and how hunger affect senior's health.