More seniors face hunger

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 9:02am

1 in 7 Americans over the age of 60 face the threat of hunger. That's according to the Senior Hunger Report Card, an annual report from the National Meals on Wheels Federation. It showed the number of hungry seniors has increased 78 percent in the last 10 years.

There are many reasons for that, said Tamara Crane, Executive Director of the Bossier Council on Aging. "We have a bigger senior population out there that need resources, that need support services," she said. The Bossier COA offers several programs to help seniors, incuding Meals on Wheels and a daily lunch at their offices on Bearkat Drive.

Crane credits support from the city and parish for maintaining funding to help the COA, but some parts of the country are seeing severe cuts, including parts of the southwest. Arkansas ranked third for states with the most hungry seniors, and Texas ranked fourth.

There are ways to help, however. Senior advocates recommend keeping a close eye on friends, neighbors and relatives you may live alone and need assistance. You can also donate your time or financial resources to a local Council on Aging. The Bossier COA is looking for volunteers to serve lunch, deliver meals and pack food boxes. To find out more, visit the website.

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