Even More Seniors Could be Food Insecure if we don’t Act

Hunger is a serious problem in America; it affects people of all ages, and more seniors (aged 60 and older) than many realize. The size of the senior population was 78 million in 2021, and 7.1%, or 5.5 million, experienced food insecurity. Neither the rate nor the number of food-insecure seniors was statistically significantly different than the prior year (6.8% and 5.2 million in 2020). Luckily, 2023 reports show these numbers are decreasing.

Food insecurity among both seniors and older adults remains higher than before the Great Recession.

While food insecurity among seniors remains lower compared to younger people and is declining slightly each year since the mid-2000s, food insecurity levels among seniors have not nearly recovered and are still higher than pre-Great Recession levels (6.3% in 2007).

Colorado Senior Hunger

While Colorado seems to rank better than most states do, there is still much room for improvement. According to America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation, 2023), Colorado was the third healthiest state for older adults.

This 2023 report indicates 11.9% of seniors experienced food insecurity in 2023; in Colorado that percentage was 11%.

While senior Coloradans also report to be better off than the national average when it comes to SNAP eligibility. Nationally, 81 in every 100 seniors are eligible to enroll in and receive SNAP benefits. Sadly, in Colorado 76% of seniors were qualified in 2023. This is a measurement of poverty and being eligible for SNAP, not an indication of actual enrollment.

Seniors with minority Identities are more likely to experience hunger.

  • Seniors of color are more likely to experience hunger.
    Racism and discrimination cause seniors who identify as Black, Latino, and Native American to have higher rates of food insecurity.
  • Having a disability is strongly associated with food insecurity.
    Seniors with a disability had food insecurity rates over twice as high as seniors without them. For even older adults, the disparity is even greater. Older adults with disabilities had food insecurity rates more than three times as high as older adults without disabilities (26.1% compared to 7.2%).
  • Seniors who are renters struggle with food insecurity more than those who are homeowners.
    Seniors who are renters are more than three times more likely to be food insecure than seniors who are homeowners.

In Larimer County, median rent can cost more than a mortgage and has for years. Most recent data (2016) shows that 55% of Larimer County renters pay more than 30% of their income on housing. This is compared to 20% of owners who spend 30% or more toward housing. In these measurements, housing costs include rent/mortgage, basic utilities (electric/gas/water), required taxes, insurance, and other fees (such as mandatory condo fees)

Even more seniors could be food insecure if we don’t act.

Seniors with relatively higher incomes still struggle to get enough nutritious food. More than half of seniors experiencing food insecurity, who report income, had income above the federal poverty line, and a majority were either retired or disabled, versus being unemployed.

For aging adults, food insecurity is linked to health, nutrition, disability, and chronic health conditions.

Food insecurity has negative effects for individuals across the age spectrum. These effects can be particularly problematic for seniors given their unique health, economic, mobility and nutritional challenges that often come with aging. Chronic disease is a strong predictor of food insecurity among older adults, and so too are functional limitations.

Food Bank shopper, LaRae, has rheumatoid arthritis and a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and difficulty breathing. Because of her health, she says that she’s been unable to return to her job at Walmart as a retail associate. She’s been living with a family member and surviving off social security. Roughly 70% of her groceries come from the Food Bank.

“It’s saving me, period,” she said about the support she receives at the Food Bank. “I wouldn’t have enough food to eat, to live on, without it. Period. My medical bills and my medical costs are too high. It takes almost all of my social security just to pay utilities.”

Extensive work has studied the connection between food insecurity, nutrition, and chronic health conditions. Food insecure seniors and older adults consume lower quantities of key nutrients such as iron and protein and are more likely to have chronic health conditions such as diabetes, depression as well as limitations in daily activity.

Malnutrition is a major public health issue that affects all age groups, but seniors are particularly vulnerable. It can have a devastating impact on an elderly person’s physical and mental health and can even lead to death. It can lead to poor immune system functioning, which can increase the risk of infection and illness. Malnutrition can also cause anemia, a condition where there is a lack of red blood cells, which can lead to fatigue, weakness, and other complications

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The Food Bank for Larimer County Fresh Food Share Pantries will be closed Saturday, May 25. 

Our Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, May 27.

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El Banco de Comida estará cerrado sábado, 25 de mayo y lunes, 27 de mayo.

ROAD CLOSURES WILL IMPACT EASY ACCESS TO FORT COLLINS FOOD SHARE: 

A full closure of northbound College Ave. in Fort Collins will affect easy/regular access to our Food Share location at 1301 Blue Spruce from April 15 – 19. Plan accordingly. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Loveland Fresh Food Share has closed early Saturday, Feb. 24. It will re-open during regular business hours Tuesday. 

FOOD BANK CLOSURE:

The Food Bank Food Share location at both Fort Collins (Blue Spruce) and Loveland (Lincoln Ave.) are closed Saturday, April 6.

Administrative Offices at Wright Drive in Loveland are closed Friday, April 5. 

CIERRE DEL BANCO DE ALIMENTOS:

Las ubicaciones de Food Share del Banco de Alimentos en Fort Collins (Blue Spruce) y Loveland (Lincoln Ave.) estarán cerradas el sábado 6 de abril.

Las oficinas administrativas en Wright Drive en Loveland estarán cerradas el viernes 5 de abril.

Due to inclement weather, the Food Bank’s office and Fresh Food Shares will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Normal business hours will resume at all locations Wednesday.
Please stay warm! 
 
Debido a las inclemencias del tiempo, la oficina del Banco de Comida y Fresh Food Shares estarán cerradas el martes 16 de enero.
 
El horario comercial normal se reanudará en todas las ubicaciones el miércoles.
 
¡Manténgase abrigado!

Due to winter holidays, please observe the changes in our regular schedule listed below:

 

Dec. 23-26: Food Share Pantries & Administrative Offices CLOSED

Dec. 27-29: OPEN Regular Hours

Dec. 30 – Jan. 1: Food Share Pantries & Administrative Offices CLOSED

Jan. 2: OPEN – Resume Regular Hours

 

We are different together.

At FBLC we are not all the same. And that is our greatest strength. We draw from our differences of who we are, what we have experienced, and how we think. We cultivate a dynamic and diverse work environment, one that plays a critical role in our ambitious work to end hunger, so we believe in including everyone.

FBLC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws and ordinances in the provisions of its programs, services, or activities to include discrimination against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in a discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

FBLC’s management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, access to facilities, and programs and general treatment during employment.

We embrace a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity.

Our goal is to attract, develop, retain, and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential.

FBLC endeavors to make our careers site accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact our Human Resources team at hr@foodbanklarimer.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

Thinking about applying and feel you may not meet all of our qualifications?

If you believe you can shine in one of our roles, we encourage you to apply!

Be aware of altered Food Share hours during the week of
Thanksgiving:

Monday, November 20 | OPEN | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 21 | OPEN | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, November 22 | OPEN | noon – 3:00 pm
Thursday, November 23 | CLOSED
Friday, November 24 | CLOSED
Saturday, November 25 | CLOSED
Sunday, November 26 | CLOSED
Monday, November 27 | CLOSED – Regular schedule resumes

If there is a government shutdown...

The most important thing for you to know, is the Food Bank for Larimer County IS NOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY. No matter what happens, we will remain open and available to support you. 

There will be other changes you’ll need to know about.  Click here to learn more. 

Si hay un cierre del gobierno...

Lo más importante que debe saber es que el Banco de Comida del Condado de Larimer NO ES UNA AGENCIA GOBERNAMENTAL. Pase lo que pase, permaneceremos abiertos y disponibles para apoyarlos.

Habrá otros cambios que necesitarás conocer. Clic aquí para saber más.

The Food Bank for Larimer County Fresh Food Share Pantries will be closed Saturday, September 2. 

Our Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, September 4.

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El Banco de Comida estará cerrado sábado, 2 de septiembre y lunes, 4 de septiembre.

Food Bank for Larimer County is closed Wednesday, August 23, 2023.


Banco de comida ester estará cerrado el miércoles, 23 de agosto de 2023.