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Senior Hunger Facts:

  • Nearly 1 in 6 seniors is threatened by hunger.

  • 8.8 million seniors faced the threat of hunger in 2011.

  • From 2001 to 2011, the number of seniors experiencing the threat of hunger increased by 88%.

  • From the onset of the Great Recession in 2007 to 2011 the number of seniors experiencing the threat of hunger has increased by 42%. 
Source: Gunderson, Craig and Ziliak, James. "The State of Senior Hunger in America 2011: An Annual Report." National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, September, 2013. The full report is available  here .

Highest Rates of Senior Hunger

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

  1. Arkansas
  2. Mississippi
  3. Alabama
  4. Nevada
  5. Tennessee
  6. Louisiana 
  7. Texas
  8. New Mexico
  9. Georgia
  10. South Carolina
Source: Gunderson, Craig and Ziliak, James. "The State of Senior Hunger in America 2011: An Annual Report." National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, September, 2013. The full state last can be found here.   

Meals On Wheels

According to the 2011 National Survey of Older Americans Act Program Participants conducted for the U.S. Administration on Aging:

  • 83% of clients say Meals On Wheels helps them eat healthier
  • 87% say Meals On Wheels helps improve their health
  • 90% say Meals On Wheels helps them feel more secure
  • 92% say Meals On Wheels means they can continue to live in their own home
  • 88% rate Meals On Wheels service as good to excellent

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