Many Seniors Forced to Forgo Foods Needed to Stay Healthy
Although food insecurity affects people of all ages, seniors are particularly vulnerable due to their limited income and increased medical expenses. Because seniors often need medication to maintain their health, many elderly Americans must forgo the foods they need to stay healthy. According to Hunger in America 2010, among client households with seniors, 30 percent have had to choose between paying for food and paying for medical care.
Food insecurity among this vulnerable population is especially troublesome because they have unique nutritional needs and may require special diets for medical conditions. To meet these needs, many seniors at risk of hunger depend on local food pantries for help. Among food pantry clients 65 and older, more than half reported visiting a pantry on a monthly basis.
About 14% of the San Antonio Food Bank’s clients are over the age of 65. The San Antonio Food Bank’s senior programs include provisions of groceries to over 9,000 low-income and geographically limited seniors, as well as farmers’ market vouchers for much needed fresh fruits and vegetables.
Together, we can provide hope to seniors and families in need. Visit our website to see how you can get involved by giving food, time or money.