Too many seniors face hunger

Millions of seniors do not have enough food to live a healthy life. In 2020, 5.2 million seniors were food insecure in America

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).

1 in 15

US seniors

face hunger

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.

Learn more about senior hunger programs >

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.

Read our original research on senior hunger >