Approximately 16 percent of our clients are age 65 and older. Twenty percent of the households served by WTFB include a grandparent who is responsible for a live-in grandchild, and 67 percent of these households had to choose between paying for food and paying for medical care within the past year. Compared to other 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
- 40 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure
WTFB is developing a program called Food2Seniors to provide seniors with nutritious food they can prepare and eat at home. Food2Seniors aims to identify those “at-risk for hunger” seniors and create an avenue to provide resources, information, and services to give them a healthy eating plan.