Too many seniors face hunger

In 2019, 5.2 million seniors faced hunger in America. As the pandemic continues, seniors face new challenges to putting food on the table. Seniors facing hunger often have to make impossible choices like paying for groceries or medical care.

Facts about senior hunger in America

  • In 2019, 5.2 million seniors aged 60+ faced hunger. That's 1 in 14 seniors or 7.1% of all seniors.
  • 63% of seniors visiting food banks say they have to choose between food and medical care.
  • Hunger takes a severe toll on seniors' health and nutrition - putting them at risk for chronic health conditions like depression, asthma, and diabetes. 
  • Millions of seniors qualify for monthly grocery assistance through SNAP, but only 42% receive SNAP benefits.
  • Some seniors are more likely to face hunger, including seniors who identify as Black or Latino, seniors who live in rural areas, seniors with disabilities, and seniors who are renters.