Current State of Senior Isolation and Hunger
Even the most independent among us, if fortunate to live long enough, may experience a decline in mobility or health that can strip away our independence and diminish the quality of our lives. Great advances in medicine have extended our average life expectancy to a record high of 78.7 years. Living longer means more years spent in the struggles that accompany old age. Add to that the increase in geographic mobility of our families and the result is millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone.
- 17 percent of all seniors in Texas are at risk of hunger
- Almost 40 percent of Meals on Wheels recipients report needing assistance with one or more of the activities of normal daily living compared with only 6 percent of the total US population, making them more at risk for institutionalization (Source: United States Administration on Aging).
- Nearly 1,050 Texans turn 65 every day... almost 383,000 each year (Source: American Community Survey).
Texas Program Statistics
- There are more than 300 home-delivered meal providers in Texas.
- Estimates are that Meals on Wheels organizations in Texas employ more than 10,000 dedicated Texans and have more than 100,000 committed volunteers. Every day, they deliver meals to approximately 100,000 frail Texans.
Our surveys indicate that the average age of the people helped by Meals on Wheels programs in Texas is 77; more than half live alone; 70 percent are women; more than 50 percent live at or below the federal poverty line, some on as little as $733 or less per month; and so many of those we help are veterans and their spouses, widows, or widowers.
- Funding comes from a range of sources including individuals, corporations, foundations, and various levels of government.
Benefits of Home-Delivered Meal Programs