Texas ranks sixth in the nation in senior hunger, with 19.08 percent of senior citizens facing the threat of hunger. Texas ranks ahead of only five states—Arkansas (24.85), Mississippi (24.30), Louisiana (23.72), New York (19.28), and South Carolina (19.28) (Source: Ziliak , James P., Dr., and Craig G. Gundersen, Dr,. State of Senior Hunger in America 2014: An Annual Report
. Rep. National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, June 2016. Web. https://www.nfesh.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/State-of-Senior-Hunger-in-America-2014.pdf
Research shows that seniors without adequate nutrition have shorter life expectancies, are more likely to suffer serious and fatal chronic illnesses, and experience depression at much higher rates than those who eat nutritious, regular meals. Seniors living in poverty are also more likely to turn off their heat in the winter or their air conditioning in the summer, compromising their health even further. (Source:
Feeding America, Senior Hunger Fact Sheet
. 2014. Web. http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/senior-hunger/senior-hunger-fact-sheet.html
To help some of the most vulnerable elderly members of our community, Target Hunger provides much needed services that are specifically targeted to senior citizens when they most need help.
Target Hunger ‘s Home Delivery Program delivers nutritious food to seniors along 16 routes who are unable to visit a food pantry due to health issues or a lack of mobility. In addition, our Adopt-A-Route Program engages corporate and community partners in delivering groceries to home bound clients. These programs have a tremendous impact on our seniors health and quality of life, and enable them to remain living independently and allows them to “age in place.” Through our Senior Day Site Program, we deliver groceries to clients at 10 local senior activity centers.