Let's Solve Senior Hunger
May is Older Americans Month – it is a time to appreciate and celebrate older adults and their contributions to our lives. We want every senior citizen to enjoy their golden years in a carefree and dignified manner, and that’s why we are raising awareness around senior hunger.
Lack of access to food among seniors can cause severe health consequences. A recent study revealed that food insecurity in seniors is associated with a number of diseases including depression, heart attacks, asthma and congestive heart failure.
Food stamps (knows as SNAP nationally and FNS in North Carolina), is a crucial safety net for 4.2 million low-income seniors across the country. Participating seniors receive an average benefit of about $107 per month, or $1.19 per person per meal.
The population of food insecure seniors has more than doubled in the last 10 years. Nearly half of older adults in the U.S. will encounter at least one year of poverty or near poverty between the ages of 60 and 90, putting them at greater risk of food insecurity.
What can you do?
Check in often with the older Americans in your life. Be sure they are getting the proper nutrition they need with consideration for their health conditions. If you believe that they may qualify for FNS/food stamp assistance ( you can check here ), encourage them to call MANNA to apply for benefits. Learn more about and support the organizations in your town that look out for the well being of its seniors. Donate money or food to MANNA and/or its agency partner in your area.