It is important to Family Pathways to understand the situations of the people served by our programs. It is an important goal of our efforts. By researching the age breakouts of those visiting our nine food shelves and mobile food truck stops, we have learned that hunger is a problem for a large group of our most vulnerable neighbors―children and older people.
At least 53% of the people that Family Pathways serves through our hunger relief program are children or older adults. We are finding that it is these sensitive age groups (0 to 18 and 65 and older) that tend to suffer from hunger the most even though these age groups need good nutrition to stay healthy.
Feeding America is an organization of 200 food banks that help more than 46 million Americans each year. They provide food to Family Pathways at a drastically reduced price to stock our food shelves. They are also the experts on missing meals in America. This is what they have to say about hunger for children and older people:
- •Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children. While almost all (94%) of (food shelf participants) with school-aged children (ages 5-18) report participating in the National School Lunch Program, only 46 percent report participating in the School Breakfast Program.
- •Nearly one in four (24%) participant households with children report participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
- •Half of participant households that reported doubling up (housing more than one family in the same living space) in the past 12 months have one or more children that are five years old or younger.
- •The majority (53%) of participant households that are unstably housed (such as living with family or friends or in a shelter) have one or more children that are five years old or younger.
Food insecure seniors are at increased risk for chronic health conditions, even when controlling for other factors such as income:
- •60 percent more likely to experience depression
- •53 percent more likely to report a heart attack
- •52 percent more likely to develop asthma
- •40 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure
Links to facts:
Older Adults: http://bit.ly/2dhmt8G
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