Nearly 8 percent of adults age 65 and older are food insecure, meaning they do not always have balanced meals or enough to eat because they cannot afford it. However, there are significant racial and ethnic disparities in food insecurity among older adults. Black and Hispanic seniors are over three times more likely to experience food insecurity than their white and Asian counterparts. In fact, nearly 1 in 5 black seniors are food insecure, compared to about 1 in 18 white seniors.
Who has done the most to fight senior hunger in America? To answer that question, we need you - yes, YOU! Through the AARP Foundation Hunger Hero contest, we've done some of the hard work for you, narrowing down the field of Hunger Heroes to our top five candidates. Now you have until Sept. 24 (at midnight, Eastern Time) to vote for your favorite Hunger Hero.
At AARP we are always on the lookout for creative ideas to address issues and inspiring stories of people who are helping others. Often, the best ideas and stories come from you, our extended community.
It's become a distressingly familiar story: American family loses a big chunk of income in recession, tightens its belt, often is forced to sell its home (at a big loss). For many, there's a new wrinkle. Increasingly, Americans who had never before sought any public assistance now must rely on government aid to ensure they have enough to eat.
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