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Threat of hunger for older Americans

There are 9.6 million older adults in the United States who are at risk for hunger.

National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2013: An Annual Report; 2015. http://www.nfesh.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/State-of-Senior-Hunger-in-America-2013.pdf. Accessed July 2, 2015

Reference

Title
The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2013: An Annual Report
Publication Date
2015
Authors
National Foundation to End Senior Hunger
URL
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Categories

  • Today's Older Population

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