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
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:
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 ActionMeals 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.