Friday, May 21, 2010

Senior Hunger

A Message from Feeding America

In respect of the 3.6 million Americans age 65 and older living in poverty, we urge you to reach out to the Food Bank of Yolo County and help those at risk of hunger.

After a lifetime of work, many seniors are living on fixed incomes that often force them to choose between paying for healthcare or prescriptions and buying groceries. Because they often need the medication to maintain their health, many elderly Americans must forgo the foods they need to stay healthy. Limited mobility and dependence on outside assistance makes seniors particularly vulnerable to hunger. Food insecurity among this vulnerable population is especially troublesome because they have unique nutritional needs and may require special diets for medical conditions. 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.

Many member food banks, like the Food Bank of Yolo County partner with Meals on Wheels programs (like Elderly Nutrition) and other food transport organizations to get food to those seniors that need it most. The Food Bank of Yolo County, a member of Feeding America, has proudly served the Yolo County area for 40years, feeding thousands of seniors each year. To find out how you can join the fight against hunger, please contact the Food Bank of Yolo County today. Together, we can provide hope to hungry Americans.

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