Food Hardship in the U.S.

Many Struggle with Hunger

Client, Meals on Wheels WestDespite the official declaration that the recession is over, most of us haven’t seen it yet. In fact, the number of people over the age of 65 who live in poverty doubled in just one year. How many of you struggled with hunger last year? According to a recent study, last year 1 in 5 households in the US struggled with hunger and the inability to purchase food. There are almost 6 million seniors in the US who struggle with hunger every day!

In Los Angeles County alone, more than 36% of all adults live in food-insecure households, and 15% of our total population lives below the poverty line! How are people reacting? Various organizations all over the country have been holding food drives. This year, Kraft held the first Fight Hunger Bowl, which donated 20 million meals to Feeding America, a nationwide food-bank organization. The Meals on Wheels Association of America has a campaign to end senior hunger by 2020. And what is Meals on Wheels West doing? We continue to bring meals to people who, due to disability, cannot get or make meals for themselves. And no matter how rapidly the number of people increases who cannot afford to pay for our services, we will continue to provide them the nutrition and companionship that everyone deserves, at no charge.

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