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About Senior Hunger

  • 9.3 million Americans over the age of 60 face the threat of hunger. That’s 1 in 6.
  • Since the onset of the recession in 2007 until 2012, the number of seniors experiencing the threat of hunger has increased by 49%.
  • 2.5 million seniors receive home-delivered or congregate meals via Meals on Wheels programs.
  • Half a million veterans receive home-delivered or congregate meals via Meals on Wheels programs.
Source: Gunderson, Craig and Ziliak, James. "The State of Senior Hunger in America 2012: An Annual Report." National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, May, 2014. The full report can be found here.

Highest Rates of Senior Hunger

The ten states with the highest rates of hunger risk among seniors:

  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee
  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • South Carolina
  • Alabama
  • Nevada
  • Georgia
Source: Gunderson, Craig and Ziliak, James. "The State of Senior Hunger in America 2012: An Annual Report." National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, May, 2014. The full state list can be found here.

The Meals on Wheels Service

Among those receiving Meals on Wheels:

  • 60% have 6-14 chronic health conditions
  • 51% take 6-23 medications daily
  • 29% have at least three limitations in activities such as bathing, getting dressed or going to the restroom
  • 59% said that a single meal helps provide ½ or more of total food for the day
  • 89% said the meals helps them feel better
  • 91% said the meals enable them to live at home   

According to the 2012 National Survey of Older Americans Act Program Participants conducted for the U.S. Administration on Aging:

  • 92% of clients say Meals on Wheels means they can continue to live in their own home
  • 89% say Meals on Wheels helps them feel better
  • 89% say Meals on Wheels helps them feel more secure
  • 88% rate Meals on Wheels service as good to excellent

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