In fact, senior food insecurity more than doubled between the years of 2001 and 2011 to 8.4% of the senior population, according to Feeding America. Seniors suffering from food insecurity also face special challenges, including an increased risk for chronic health conditions such as:
Senior Hunger Relief seeks to serve low income senior citizens who are food insecure. The seniors who benefit from our programs are living on low fixed incomes and are at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. Many of our seniors also suffer from physical and/or mental disability, which forces some to be home-bound. Illness, prescription or medical expenses, and other hardships take their toll on seniors who are struggling to make ends meet, and many cannot afford to purchase food that meets their nutritional needs.
Senior hunger is a heartbreaking reality that we face in our communities. With both health and financial strain, it is often difficult for seniors to obtain the foods they need. We have developed our senior hunger relief programs with seniors’ needs in mind. Those who are home-bound benefit from receiving food delivered to their door. Mobile seniors visit our Tillman location. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing nutritious intake among food insecure senior communities by providing fresh produce, dairy, and sandwich bread at our senior-focused Farm Wagon sites.