Study: Many elderly New Yorkers worry about hunger

(12/11/07) BROOKLYN (AP) - A new study finds that food insecurity among older adults in New York City exceeds the national and state rates.

The problem even persists among people who get help from senior centers and emergency food pantries. The Council of Senior Centers and Services says 35 percent of those surveyed worried that they would not have enough to eat. The council says predicted growth in the aging population will put further stress on programs.

Among its proposed solutions: open senior centers seven days a week; expand breakfast programs; add a second meal at senior centers; eliminate waiting lists for home-delivered meals; and help the centers to promote food stamp participation.

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