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Courtesy of Feeding America
Unemployment in Battle Creek, Michigan
Senior Citizens at Risk of Hunger
Children at Risk of Hunger
Who is most likely to be at-risk?
The most likely to be at-risk are seniors with limited incomes, under age 70, African-Americans, Hispanics, the unmarried, renters and persons living in the South.
Is hunger confined primarily to those who are poor?
No. The poor are more likely to be at-risk, but half of all at-risk seniors have incomes above the federal poverty line.
Is hunger primarily a problem for minorities?
No, not at all. Over two-thirds of all hungry seniors are white.
Is there a clear correlation between hunger risk and education?
Yes. Being a high school drop out increases the risk that a senior will suffer hunger. A high school graduate is 20 percent less likely to be at risk than a drop out. A college graduate is 40 percent less likely.
Does hunger have an impact on the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) for seniors?
Yes, a staggering impact. A senior at risk of hunger has the same chance of an ADL limitation as someone 14 years older. That is, there is in effect a large disparity between actual chronological and “physical” age, so that a 64 year old senior suffering hunger is likely to have the ADL limitations of a 78 year old.