For years, hunger across the nation has been a serious problem. While the problem as a whole is always being combated, we tend to place our focus on the youth of the nation. However, as we continue to fight hunger in our nation, it is important to not forget the senior citizen population that suffers from hunger.
The senior citizen population of the nation is expected to increase within the next decade, with an estimated 79.7 million seniors living in the nation by 2040. As the population continues to increase, the diversity among the age group is increasing as well. Because of this, the statistics surrounding senior citizens and hunger continues to change, and not necessarily for the better. In order help our senior citizen population in the fight against hunger, we must first have a better understanding of what they are facing.
Senior Citizens and Poverty
Before we can look at hunger, we must first look at poverty within the senior citizen community.
- 2 million senior citizens were below the poverty line in 2013
- Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, 13% of people in poverty were senior citizens in 2012
- The out-of-pocket medical expenses helped to increase the rate of poverty within senior citizens by 15% in 2012
Senior Citizens and Food Insecurity
Food insecurity occurs when individuals are without a secure or reliable access to foods that are both healthy and affordable.
- 9% of households that included senior citizens went through food insecurity in 2013
- 4 million of the nation’s senior citizens experienced food insecurity in 2013
Senior citizens who are experiencing food insecurity are also at a higher risk of several health complications. These include:
- Depression-60% more likely
- Asthma- 52% more likely
- Heart Attack- 53% more likely
- Congestive Heart Failure- 40% more likely
During the summer, My Brother’s Keepers welcomes seniors to enjoy a hot lunch Monday-Friday from 11:00a-12:15p. The meal is served restaurant style in our dining room. Join the fellowship!
My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our programs are based on community need as well as the donations and volunteer services available. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.