I recently read that there were about 39.6 million Americans age 65 and up in 2009. That number grew to 54.1 million by 2019 — almost a 37% increase in just one decade.
That’s just the beginning of the story. The 65-and-over population is projected to reach 80.8 million by 2040 and 94.7 million by 2060. That’s an increase of 139% in just 50 years!
We in the food bank business are not caught off guard by these numbers, but there’s still a lot of work to do. I’m sure you share my passion to ensure that our elderly neighbors do not go hungry in the coming years … starting with this year!
We’re focusing on seniors in this edition of Connection. Please keep the seniors in your own life — including those in your community — in mind as you read these stories … and as you consider how to best help. You already know one way to help: by supporting Freestore Foodbank!
Remember: Every $1 helps provide 3 meals. Thank you for your kindness.
Kurt L. Reiber
President & CEO