In 2019, 5.2 million Americans age 60 and over were food insecure, and 1.9 million seniors had very low food security.
Forty-nine years ago today, Congress added senior nutrition programs to the Older Americans Act, ushering in a new era of federal commitment to food security for our nation’s seniors. This is not to say that no older Americans go undernourished now.
SNAP provides 4.8 million seniors with resources to afford an adequate diet. This represents 11 percent of all SNAP recipients in 2015.