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Millions of senior citizens can’t afford food — and they’re not all living in poverty

Jeanette Settembre
Millions of senior citizens can’t afford food — and they’re not all living in poverty

Senior citizens are struggling to afford enough food in the U.S. and the problem appears to be getting worse. An alarming 1 in 12 seniors aged 60 and older — 5.5 million or 7.7% of the senior population — didn’t have enough food in 2017, the latest year for which data was available, according to a new study by Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that operates more than 200 food banks. Two-thirds of all hungry seniors (65.3%) have incomes above the federal poverty line ($12,140 a year, or $1,012 per month for a single person household in 2017).