For decades, MAZON has worked to identify and remove barriers to food security for older adults in the U.S. And now, older adults are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19, and more likely to be adversely affected by the crisis. We are deeply concerned about the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults, who often face unique and persistent challenges to access services through the charitable food network, in addition to mounting barriers to federal nutrition safety net programs.
More than 10 million
low-income older adults face hunger and food insecurity in the U.S.
1 in 7
older adults lives in poverty, and 5.3 million adults over the age of 60 struggle with hunger.
3 out of 5
older adults who are eligible for SNAP do not participate.
60% of LGBTQ older adults
are more likely to experience food insecurity than other older adults, with higher levels among those who are transgender and non-white.
“If sickness comes along, it can drain all your money in one day. That’s what happened to me.”
”Seniors should be able to live out the rest of their lives in their homes — to have things around them that are familiar. No matter how old we are, we always like to be a little independent, you know?”
Urge Congress: Address Food Insecurity Among LGBTQ Older Adults
Hunger among Americans age 60 and older is a growing crisis. One in seven seniors lives in poverty, and 4.9 million older adults struggle with hunger. Furthermore, LGBTQ older adults often face unique and persistent challenges to accessing assistance programs and the complementary services offered through the charitable food network.
New Report About Food Insecurity Among LGBTQ Older Adults
The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law released a new report that reveals persistent challenges to accessing the charitable food assistance network for LGBTQ individuals, illuminating the experiences of various demographics in both urban and rural settings. Read more.