In 2011, almost 1 in every 12 seniors above the age of 60 in the United States was food insecure. That represents 4.8 million seniors nationwide. More than 4 million low-income adults over age 60 rely on SNAP(Food Stamps) to stay healthy and make ends meet. On average, they receive $119 per month to help put food on the table. It is imperative that we protect and strengthen nutrition programs to support healthy aging.
Facts about Senior Hunger:
Millions of older Americans are at risk for hunger
Food insecurity is growing among older adults
And it is expected to continue to grow as the baby boom generation gets older
An estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 everyday until 2030
3 out of 5 seniors who qualify for CalFresh do not apply
This means that 5.2 million seniors miss out on benefits.
Almost 1/3 of food insecure seniors are disabled
Nearly 65% of food insecure seniors are younger than age 69
Nearly 1 in 5 seniors living with grandchildren is food insecure
17% of African American seniors and 18% of Hispanic seniors are food insecure
Food insecure seniors are adversely affected for a variety of health outcomes
They have lower nutrient intakes and are more likely to suffer from diabetes, depression, limitations in activities of daily living, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, heart attacks and more.
Contact the office for assistance or questions on enrolling into CalFresh/Food Stamps today.
(562) 612-5001 We can answer your questions and provide friendly courteous application assistance.
Help Me Help You's Food Pantry Programs
We have two food pantries open to the public to serve you:
Community Food Pantry
at Philadelphian SDA Church - Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month
From: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
At: 2640 Santa Fe Avenue, Long Beach CA 90810
The School Food Pantry - Every 1st & 3rd Friday of the month
at Stevenson Elementary School
From: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
At: 515 Lime Avenue, Long Beach CA 90802
Entrance on 6th Street
NOTE: Pantry services will be closed when school is NOT is session
Call the office to clarify dates.
Walk-in assistance provided.
Food is provided for free. Must sign in to verify that you meet the income requirements.
*Stats and Data Sources:
Feeding America: Spotlight on Senior Hunger