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Hunger in Older Adults

Older adults in Texas are especially vulnerable to hunger. A 2009 study indicates Texas has the fourth highest rate of senior hunger. Due to increased health and medical needs associated with aging, a senior's independence and quality of life can be compromised if there is not sufficient access to food. Even when older adults can afford food, food access and food preparation barriers may contribute to hunger. Finally, older adults are much less likely to receive federal nutrition program support because of perceived stigma, perception of few benefits, lower awareness and application assistance barriers.

The following playlist highlights the hidden problem of hunger in older adults in America.

How CAFB advocates for older adults

In addition to providing older adults with direct food assistance through the HOPE program, SNAP outreach and nutrition education classes, CAFB supports federal nutrition programs targeting this vulnerable population.

Spotlight on Seniors


AARP Foundation Food Insecurity Among Older Adults (2011)

Meals on Wheels Association of America The Causes, Consequences and Future of Senior Hunger in America (2008)

Older Americans Act Nutrition Program

Marylhurst University The Psycho-Social Aspect of Malnutrition and Seniors

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