Seniors Facing Hunger – Hidden in Plain Sight

They have been here for us and now, we want to be there for them.

Hunger is a hidden epidemic in many age groups. Those who are facing the stark reality of not having the money in the budget for groceries after the bills are paid, may not want to discuss that reality.  They often suffer in silence, not letting on what they face on daily basis.  Seniors in our area are no exception.  They are faced with the same impossible choices of whether to buy food or get the medicine that their doctor says they need.

In Nevada, the rate of Senior hunger is one of the highest in the nation, in the top 10 states for the numbers of seniors facing this reality every day.  In our state 10.7% of our seniors face this each day and many do so without letting anyone know.  The other issue, is that many seniors don’t want to ask for the help that may make all of the difference.

This was true for Michele and her husband.  They live on social security and with energy costs, other bills, managing her diabetes with a healthy diet was a real challenge without just a little help.  Michele had a good career as a paralegal and then when she couldn’t work anymore, it became tough to make ends meet.  They had saved, but like many others, lost quite a bit in 2008, without the extra working years to make up for the losses.

She was so reluctant to ask for the help and when she did, she cried and it was so difficult.  Those feelings have turned to gratitude for the help that makes it possible for her and her husband to eat the foods that will keep them healthy.

Seniors have a difficult time changing the situation that they face and when health issues arise, the whole thing can seem so daunting and overwhelming.  At the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, we encourage seniors facing these difficult choices to take the help that is available.  There are programs like Golden Groceries, Produce on Wheels and the Senior Box Program (CSFP) that can help seniors access the healthy food they need.

Are you a senior in need of food assistance? 
Visit the Golden Groceries page to learn more about each of these programs and view schedules with locations and times near you.

18 thoughts on “Seniors Facing Hunger – Hidden in Plain Sight”

    1. Hi there Mary,
      Thanks so much for reaching out. We’re going to contact you at the email address you used when posting your comment. Please look there for a message from the Food Bank.

    1. Hi Valerie,
      You can visit the Serving Seniors page here on our website (you’ll find that when clicking on the Get Help button) to view the schedule of sites and times our programs visit. Then, you just need to come by to one of those distributions, and we can get you signed right there. If you have further questions, please reach out to us at

  1. Myself and my wife Lisa are disabled and over 60 I’m 64, money is very tight and medicine comes last here food is up front but we gotta have our meds.
    Less than 1200 a month coming in.

  2. This sounds like a wonderful program. I live with Social Security as my only income. I have to skip groceries to pay bills. This would help me so much. I couldn’t find the list of distribution sites and the times food is available.Please help me.

    1. Hi Judy,
      If you visit the Golden Groceries page under the Get Help section here on our website, you’ll find schedules for each of our programs that are designed specifically for seniors.

      You can also visit the Program Schedules page to get information on our partner food pantries and other programs that are available to anyone in need of food assistance, including seniors.

    1. With the cost of living raise in our social security and disability checks it now puts many seniors who need the extra help with food in jeopardy because now they are above the federal poverty level. Many seniors will have to use the extra money in their checks for medical bills or prescription costs.

  3. I work but my husband doesn’t. He is almost 80. Our Landlord just raised our rent from 1200 a month to 1600. How can we get help or do we even qualify. My income goes mostly to pay bills

    1. Hello Rhonda,
      Thanks so much for reaching out. We definitely have programs that can help you get the food you need. I’m going to contact you at the email address you used when posting your comment. Please look there for a message from the Food Bank.

  4. Hi my name is Stella, and I live off SSI here in Hawthorne NV. It’s very hard getting groceries here they are so outrageous at Safeway hope we didn’t help.

  5. Do you have any programs where I can sponsor a senior to help with groceries or deliver groceries to them

  6. I am in desperate need for food. Have not eaten but one little sandwich now 5 days ago. My rent is so high now, after rent, storage fees, and cell phone bill, I am lucky to have 75.00 to my name, to buy over the counter meds, vitamins, toiletries, tissue, and cleaning materials, I had only 27.00 to buy food for the month. Needless to say, I am starving. I am 100% disabled, on SSI, and am just above your income qualification. No one cares about me. I guess I will continue to waste away until I am no longer here. I am a veteran on top of it all. A starving veteran in our great country, that cannot even receive any type of help. I cannot walk very much due to my disability, and your programs are so very far away for me to get to. What am I to do ? Please Help Me ! I am 64 years old.
    I Thank You in advance, if by some miracle, you will be able to Help Me.

    1. Hi James, we are so sorry to hear that you are struggling with meeting your food needs. I want to reassure you that we have many programs available that have no income requirements, and we are here and ready to serve you. I am going to reach out to you with more information using the email address you used for your comment. If for some reason you don’t receive that email, please give us a call at (775) 331-3663, and we’ll be happy to get you information about the resources we have available for you.

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