Senior Hunger in Louisiana

Senior Hunger in Louisiana

  • The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger ranks Louisiana as the 2nd worst state for seniors at risk of hunger with 24%, nearly 1 in 4, seniors facing food insecurity. 
  • A report from Feeding America and NFESH details the adverse health impacts on seniors facing hunger including: 
    • Food insecure seniors eat less calories and receive lower quantities of 10 essential nutrients important to their health
    • Food insecure seniors are 40 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure, 53 percent more likely to report a heart attack, and twice as likely to develop asthma
    • Food insecure seniors are 60% more likely to experience depression. 
  • Meals on Wheels, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (Food for Seniors in Louisiana), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are Federally funded programs but only reach a limited number of eligible seniors. Only 38% of seniors eligible for SNAP participate in the program. 
  • Food insecure seniors have a variety of special considerations including nutrient requirements, abilities to prepare meals, and accessibility to food stores and require a variety of avenues for food assistance.