The face of senior hunger in America
In the United States, MOWAA-sponsored research has found that:
- Nearly six million seniors faced the threat of hunger in 2007.
11.4 percent of all seniors experienced some form of food insecurity. Of these, about 2.5 million were at risk of hunger and about 750,000 suffered from hunger due to financial constraints.
- Is hunger confined primarily to those who are poor?
No. The poor are more likely to be at-risk, but half of all at-risk seniors have incomes above the federal poverty line. And one in seven food insecure households have an annual income above twice the poverty line.
- Is hunger primarily a problem for minorities?
No. Over two-thirds of all hungry seniors are white.