Seniors Needing Soup Kitchens: An American Disgrace

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // Aging


December 8  

[This was previously published on but it needs to be here as well.]

Thanks to the wonderful previous administration the ongoing economic woes here in the USA, we, in a country of used-to-be plenty,  are now forcing our senior citizens into soup kitchens.



The number of seniors living alone who seek help from food pantries in the U.S. increased 81 percent to 408,000 in 2008, compared to 225,000 in 2006, according to the U.S.D.A……

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger released a report on the city's soup kitchens and food pantries that found that 68 percent of responding agencies were seeing an increase in senior citizens. Hunger Solutions Minnesota said this month that food-shelf visits from older people increased 26 percent in the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2008.  Seniors and Soup Kitchens

And some who were once volunteers at the soup kitchens are now clients at those same places.

With no increase in Social Security in 2010 and with the mess of Wall Street still lingering, I expect the statistics will increase over the coming year.  Yes we all got a more than average increase in social security last year but that has already been eaten up by normal costs – the prices of lots of things went up a larger percentage than the social security amount.

Shame on us! 

If you have family eating at soup kitchens or in lines to get surplus food – please please help them.  Like all living creatures, seniors need good nutrition – and maybe they need good nutrients more than others.

And if oyu know of a senior wanting or needing to supplement their income as well as their diet, I associate with a company that provides nutritious supplements and has a plan that can help increase one's income. 

Help a senior today – spread the word about this…  learn more at being healthy.

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About the Author

Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.