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HUNGER In Louisiana

  • According to the USDA, 1 in 6 Louisiana households with more than 784,000 family members struggle to put food on the table.

  • One-in-Twenty households report skipping meals because they don’t have enough money for food.

  • In Louisiana, 23% of seniors, nearly one-in-four, face the threat of hunger. This ranks Louisiana as the second worst state for senior hunger.

  • Feeding America estimates that 1 in 4 Louisiana children live in households that are food insecure. In several rural parishes one-third of children are food insecure.

Senior HUNGER In Louisiana

  • ​The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger ranks Louisiana as the 2nd worst state for seniors at risk of hunger with 24%, nearly 1 in 4, seniors facing food insecurity. 

  • A report from Feeding America and NFESH details the adverse health impacts on seniors facing hunger including: 

- Food insecure seniors eat less calories and receive lower quantities of 10 essential nutrients important to their health

- Food insecure seniors are 40 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure, 53 percent more likely to report a heart attack, and twice as likely to develop asthma

- Food insecure seniors are 60% more likely to experience depression. 

  • Meals on Wheels, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (Food for Seniors in Louisiana), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are Federally funded programs but only reach a limited number of eligible seniors. Only 38% of seniors eligible for SNAP participate in the program. 

  • Food insecure seniors have a variety of special considerations including nutrient requirements, abilities to prepare meals, and accessibility to food stores and require a variety of avenues for food assistance. 

Map the Meal Gap

  • ​According to the USDA, 1 in 6 Louisiana households with more than 784,000 family members struggle to put food on the table. 

  • One-in-Twenty households report skipping meals because they don’t have enough money for food.

  • In Louisiana, 23% of seniors, nearly one-in-four, face the threat of hunger. This ranks Louisiana as the second worst state for senior hunger.

  • Feeding America estimates that 1 in 4 Louisiana children live in households that are food insecure. In several rural parishes one-third of children are food insecure.

Learn about the people struggling with hunger in your area. Click the link below to access an interactive map which shows the overall and child-insecurity rates for every county and congressional district in the U.S.​

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