Feeding America participates in Older Americans Month by raising awareness
and showing support for seniors we serve, seniors in need and seniors who support us.
More than 750,000 older adults are active volunteers across the Feeding America network.
The Feeding America nationwide network provides food assistance to seven million seniors age 60 and older – more than any other organization in the country. As a network, we are working to Solve Senior Hunger so older adults can live vibrantly throughout their golden years.
1 in 12 seniors in the United States struggle with hunger, which means they’re not getting the nutrition they need to stay in good health. Just as it’s necessary for young children to receive proper nutrition, it’s imperative that aging adults get enough nutrients to remain strong and healthy.
Food insecurity is especially detrimental to aging adults. According to Feeding America research, Spotlight on Senior Health: Adverse Health Outcomes of Food-Insecure Older Adults, we know seniors facing hunger are at increased risk for chronic health conditions like depression (60%), heart attack (53%), asthma (52%) and congestive heart failure (40%).
Charitable food assistance alone cannot solve senior hunger. The federal nutrition programs that reach seniors, including SNAP, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and senior congregate and home-delivered meals are critical supports for low-income seniors facing hunger.
Feeding America and partner organizations have come together to shine a light on the fact that seniors, more than any other age group, do not take advantage of SNAP benefits. Nationally, only 41 percent of seniors who are eligible to receive SNAP are actually enrolled in the program, compared to the larger population where 83 percent of individuals who are eligible are taking advantage of benefits. During Older Americans Month 2016, we’re joining together to help #SolveSeniorHunger by closing the Senior SNAP Gap. Senior SNAP gap state-level information is available thanks to the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
Golden Sisters Selfie to Solve Senior Hunger
TV and YouTube celebrities, The Golden Sisters, show how “easy” it is to take a Solve Senior Hunger Selfie to raise awareness of senior hunger in the United States
Let's Talk about SNAP | Feeding America
Let's talk about the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) and how it is an important tool to get people struggling with food insecurity back on their feet.
Together, we can give back to those who have given us so much of their time,
hard work and wisdom. Join us in raising awareness for older Americans who struggle
with hunger, so we can work toward Solving Senior Hunger.
You can get involved in Older Americans Month in four key ways (calls-to-action for the general public):
1) Highlight photos and stories of seniors served in your community through #SolveSeniorHunger
2) Share your state’s Senior SNAP Gap data to spread the word
3) Tweet or message your Members of Congress to help close the Senior SNAP Gap
4) Take a Solve Senior Hunger selfie and post it to social media with #SolveSeniorHunger to show your support