Guest Article By Pam Lavender, Kilpatrick Funeral Homes and Board Member Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana
Working with older adults for the past thirty years has been a blessing and a joy. Senior adults have brought me so much joy and I have learned from their experiences. When talking to seniors and discovering how small their income from social security and/or other means is, it is heart breaking how few dollars are left for food and personal items every month.
Food insecurity is defined as: Lacking consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life, and is a fairly common experience for older adults. Almost one in three older adults report cutting the size of their meals or skipping a meal because they do not have enough money to buy food. Many do not have a network of friends or family they can turn to for help. Look at the statistics below to see just how many older adults could be affected by food insecurity:
- From 2001-2014, the number of seniors facing food insecurity has doubled.
- One-third of senior citizens have no money left after each month’s essential spending or are in debt after meeting essential expenses.
- One in 11 seniors faces hunger each day in America .
- The number of seniors in America is expected to double by 2040.
The Food Bank’s Senior Program has helped so many to supplement their monthly meals. I would personally like to thank everyone that makes monetary donations, food donations, and the many that volunteer at the food bank, you each make our community a brighter place.