Seniors and Hunger
Seniors are espcially vulnerable to the negative affects of hunger. Many suffer from medical conditions, poor health and other disablities that leave them unable to earn enough money to stay afloat. According to a recent Feeding America study, over 24% of the Ohioans being served are Seniors over the age of 65. This number is continuing to rise each year, as witnessed by many of our member agencies. Bobb Pacholski runs Our Lady of Lourdes Soup Kitchen and has noted a 30% increase in the number of people seeking food in the last two years alone. On a national level, 2.9 million clients served by Feeding America are Seniors.
Some more Emergency Food Assistance facts:
- 74% of food pantries, 65% of soup kitchens and 54% of shelters have seen a significant increase in demand for their services since the last Hunger Study in 2008.
- 25% of pantries, 12% of kitchens and 10% of shelters have had to stretch their food resources by reducing meal portions and food package sizes.
- In the past year, 27% of pantries, 10% of soup kitchens and 43% of shelters have had to turn people away because of a lack of resources.