Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Grocery Bags for Seniors program supplements the fixed incomes of our older community neighbors through door-to-door distribution of fresh produce and groceries. Volunteers pack grocery bags full of fresh produce and healthy snacks and deliver to numerous senior housing communities.
Challenges of Senior Hunger
- When it comes to getting enough good food to eat, seniors face unique challenges: lack of access to transportation, functional limitations, and health problems. Read more about senior hunger here.
- Health concerns often increase with age, and 30% of households with seniors served by Feeding America indicated that they have had to choose between paying for food and paying for medical care.
- Not having enough food to eat can further compromise health and medical needs. Food insecure seniors are over twice as likely to report fair or poor health status.
- A 2014 study at UNC reported that over half of patients aged 65+ who are seen at UNC Hospitals are found to be malnourished.
- Between 2014 and 2034, North Carolina’s 65+ population will almost double from 1.5 to 2.5 million, according to the North Carolina County Aging Profiles. As this number grows, the need only increases for social services and for culturally appropriate nutrition services.2
- For more information on Senior Health, see Feeding America’s fact sheet on Senior Hunger or this article on “Quiet Hunger” featured in the Op-Ed section of the News & Observer.