Too many seniors face hunger

Millions of seniors do not have enough food to live a healthy life. In 2021, 5.5 million seniors were food insecure in America

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

US seniors

face hunger

Senior Hunger Stats:

1 in 14

US seniors face hunger.

5.5 million

seniors aged 60+ faced hunger in 2021.


of all seniors experience food insecurity.