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Senior Hunger a Well Kept Secret

Posted Sep 05 2012 9:00am




meals Senior hunger is an issue seldom talked about. The Meals On Wheels Research Foundation (MOWRF) has commissioned a series of annual reports detailing the state of senior hunger in the U.S. The 2010 research report is a follow up to the 2008 and 2009 research studies.
Here are some facts:
  • 8.3 million seniors faced the threat of hunger in 2010.
  • 14.85% of seniors, or more than 1 in 7 experienced some form of food insecurity.
  • In 2005, that number was 1 in 9 seniors or 11.4%.
  • From 2001 to 2010, the number of seniors experiencing the threat of hunger has increased by 78%.
  • Since the onset of the recession in 2007 through 2010, the number of seniors threatened by hunger increased by 34%.
  • Between 2009 and 2010, the percentage of seniors threatened by hunger increased by a statistically significant amount. The recession had more enduring effects for older Americans than for the general population. For the decade as a whole, there was a 39% increase in those facing the threat of hunger, but the number of seniors affected increased 78%.
    Those more likely to be at risk of hunger include:
  • Women.

  • A younger senior under the age of 70.

  • African American or Hispanic Seniors.

  • Those living in a rural area.

  • Those divorced or separated or living with a grandchild.
  • Take Action Meals on Wheels has found that 6 million seniors face the threat of hunger. Their goal is to match that number – with 6 million people who are willing to stand up and pledge to do what it takes to end senior hunger. Take their pledge and get involved .
    Contact your local program to deliver or prepare a meal. Meals On Wheels volunteers also provide the seniors they serve with companionship and a warm, friendly smile when they arrive at the door.
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