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Threat Of Hunger Looms Large For Texas Seniors


Seniors in Texas are among the worst off in a new report ranking states by level of food security. While hunger is a problem usually associated with extreme poverty and children, the reality is we’ve got millions of seniors in the U.S. who are going hungry.

Seniors are the hidden hungry in our country

In Texas, more than 18 percent of seniors face the threat of hunger.

“These are truly people who are wondering where their next meal is going to come from and they are insecure about the notion that they might not have food,” says Enid Borden, president of theNational Foundation to End Senior Hunger.

Texas is ranked #7 (as worst) in a new report that lists the ten states in America with the highest rate of senior hunger.

“Now what that means,” Borden says, “is it’s one of the worst states in the country for senior hunger.”

In part, that’s because of Texas demographics. We have a large population of minorities, seniors, and baby boomers – all groups more likely to be food insecure.

“These are the people who live next door to us, we just don’t know their hungry. They are hidden behind closed doors, or they’re not going to food banks, they’re not using food stamps or snap benefits, they are proud, they think of it as a handout and in fact it is not a handout it is a helping hand.”

Borden says those most vulnerable are the ‘young old’ those aged sixty to sixty-nine. So talk to your parents, as well as your grandparents about whether they’re getting enough to eat.

North Texas Food Bank Resources
*For a complete list check out the North Texas Food Bank website.

Tarrant Area Food Bank
2600 Cullen Street; Fort Worth, TX 76107

Denton Community Food Center
109 W. Sycamore St; Denton, TX 76201

FBC Allen Food Pantry
201 East McDermott Drive; Allen, TX 75002

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand
3906 N. Westmoreland; Dallas, TX 75212

Lauren Silverman was the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She was also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine  Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.