Facts about senior hunger in America
- In 2021, 5.5 million seniors aged 60+ faced hunger. That's 1 in 14 seniors or 7.1% 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 14
Senior Hunger Stats:
1 in 14
US seniors face hunger.
seniors aged 60+ faced hunger in 2021.
of all seniors experience food insecurity.