Hunger among older Americans is a growing problem in the United States, with about nine million older Americans at risk of hunger in 2011, an 88% increase since 2001. 11% of Vermont seniors face the threat of hunger. Food insecure seniors are more likely to be diabetic, suffer from depression and have limited daily activities, and are far less likely to be considered in excellent or good health. Many seniors living in rural areas struggle with isolation, transportation, and the high cost of heating through Vermont’s long winters, increasing the likelihood that they will experience hunger. Younger seniors (aged 60-69) are particularly vulnerable to hunger and inadequate nutrition because they are often not yet eligible for other safety net programs such as Medicare.
We work with Area Agencies on Aging, health care providers, community volunteers, senior centers, state agencies, senior housing sites, and seniors to ensure that all eligible seniors have the information they need to access the 3SquaresVT program with ease, and that vibrant home-delivered meals programs and senior meal sites are available throughout the state so that Vermont seniors can access quality nutrition throughout their day.
RESOURCES FOR SENIORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, AND ADVOCATES
- Visit Hunger Free Vermont’s vermontfoodhelp.com, a comprehensive resource for 3SquaresVT applicants and advocates that includes an eligibility calculator and outreach tools.
- Read Senator Sanders’ Senior Hunger: The Human Toll and Budget Consequences reporting that seniors who are food insecure also suffer more illnesses and are less able to remain independent than those who have adequate healthy food.