In the United States of America, no senior citizen should go hungry. Unfortunately, hunger among our elderly population is a growing crisis–hunger rates have more than doubled for poor seniors in the United States in recent years. According to a 2009 study, there are over 5 million seniors who face the threat of hunger, almost 3 million seniors who are at risk of going hungry, and almost 1 million seniors who do go hungry because they cannot afford to buy food.
It is important not only from a moral perspective but also from a ﬁnancial perspective that every senior in America has access to adequate nutrition. Persistent hunger and malnutrition lead to multiple chronic diseases that result in expensive hospitalizations and nursing home or other long-term care placements.
Older Americans Act: More Should Be Done To Measure The Extent Of Unmet Need For Service
Source: U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-11-237, February 28, 2011