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Friday, May 15, 2015

Fighting senior hunger

May is older American's month and a good time for all of us to reflect on this issue  of hunger among our senior citizens.
Last year, across the country, the Feeding America network provided 563 million meals to seniors age 60 and above through special programs including the Senior Grocery Program, Mobile Pantry Program, Senior Cafes, multi-generational meal and food programs and partner programs that focus on feeding seniors who are homebound.
According to Feeding America's recent study, Hunger in America 2014, more than half of all seniors report having to make tradeoffs, sometimes having to choose between purchasing food or paying for healthcare or prescriptions, paying for food or transportation, and paying for food or utilities.
Although Feeding America, the Food Bank of Central New York, and our local food pantries are working to ensure vulnerable seniors do not have to make these difficult choices, charity alone cannot solve senior hunger.
Go here to learn more about the issue and find resources to get started solving senior hunger.