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Category Archives: Senior Hunger

Supplemental Food Resource for Seniors

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a federally funded program which works to improve the health of low-income seniors by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. Up to 1,600 distributions are taking place across the state at 15 partner programs with applicants required to be Connecticut residents over 60 years of age, who fall below 130 percent of the federal poverty level — $1,265 per month for a family of one and $1,705 for a family of two. Participants in the program receive a food box each month consisting of staple foods, which include pasta, cereal, rice, canned fruit, canned vegetables and canned meat. Nationally in 2013, 579,000 senior citizens received their food package through the program each month. To learn more about CSFP contact Anna Petsching, Member Services Coordinator, at apetsching@ctfoodbank.org or call 203-469-5000.  

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Food insecurity among seniors can cause severe health problems

Although low-income senior citizens are at higher risk of food insecurity, all food insecure senior citizens – regardless of income – experience lower nutrient intake and poorer health outcomes than food secure seniors. That’s according to recently released research by Feeding America and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.  Entitled Spotlight on Senior Health: Adverse Health Outcomes of Food Insecure Older Americans, the study reveals that food insecurity among seniors is associated with a number of diseases and other negative health consequences. When compared to food secure seniors, food insecure seniors are: 60 percent more likely to experience depression; 53 percent more likely to report a heart attack; 52 percent more likely to develop asthma; and 40 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure. In addition, the study finds that food insecure seniors are more likely than those who are food secure to have lower...
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As sequestration budget cuts loom: 14.6% CT households unable to afford enough food

In Connecticut, 14.6 percent of residents surveyed in 2012 said that in the prior 12 months there were times when they did not have enough money to buy the food they needed for themselves or their families. The survey results are according to the Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC’s) series of analyses of data on food hardship collected by Gallup as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.                                                    The survey looks at the most recent available food hardship rates by state for 2012. It is part of a year-round survey that began in January 2008.  One thousand individuals per day are asked, “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?”  The data comes on the heels of sequestration, automatic federal budget cuts that went into effect at midnight on March 1.  Under these...
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“Perfect storm” conditions challenges food banks

We recently met Barbara, who is well into her 80s and relies on our Mobile Food Pantry distribution each month in Southbury. She’s never needed food-assistance until her retirement savings ran out.  She lives alone and is collecting Social Security, and finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with her expenses. “I’m not too proud to come here for food because I’m running behind on things,” she told us during her second month in a row visiting the Mobile Pantry.  “After I pay for utilities, medicine and my other monthly expenses, there’s not much left for food.”  While people like Barbara are facing the everyday challenge of paying for housing, utilities, healthcare or food, many food banks across the country are facing a challenge of their own. The supply of donated nonperishable food is shrinking.  The items being made available to soup kitchens and food pantries are changing to more...
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