Fight Hunger Campaign
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Rates of hunger and food insecurity in the U.S. have increased significantly.
Rates of hunger and food insecurity in the U.S. have increased significantly. Nearly nine million older Americans suffer some form of food insecurity. To make ends meet, they might skip meals or buy processed instead of fresh food. Others may live in a ‘food desert’ – fast food all around but no grocery stores (see our glossary of hunger-related terms). And some might have mobility limitations that prevent them from shopping for groceries.
Hunger and inadequate nutrition leave older adults vulnerable to poor health and chronic diseases, including depression. At the same time, contributions to food banks and other emergency providers of free and low-cost food have been stretched. By helping get healthy food to a hungry senior, you can help address the problem.