As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in getting more food to people in need. Together, we can solve hunger and ensure our parents and grandparents have enough to eat.
Hunger among the elderly is not a new phenomenon. Unlike other diseases that afflict a person or a group of people, hunger seeks no magical potion that has yet to be invented in a laboratory. The solutions to this disease are out there.
The political landscape is rife with talk of "fixing problems," "overhauling ailing systems" and "taking care of our children and our children's children." And yet, what do those doing all this stand for? Where's the action? We've heard the words; where are the deeds?
It's always that time of year. Those of us who beg for loose change have to drop that bomb on an almost daily basis: the Fundraising Bomb. Today the role of the non-profit is more urgent and more important than ever. And yet that work is harder and harder than ever.
We still have many millions -- and their numbers are growing -- who face the threat of hunger on any given day. The Old Face of Hunger, unlike the younger one, has no way out. There is no job waiting for the 87-year-old.
The risk of hunger is a national crisis, but it affects some sub-populations more than others. Low-income seniors are more likely to be at risk of hunger, for instance, even though half of all at-risk seniors have incomes above the federal poverty line.