Silver Book Fact

Threat of hunger for older Americans

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

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

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