Leaving ## In Need
This is simply the “Senior
Struggling” figure subtracted by the “Seniors Getting Our Help”
figure. In five states (Delaware, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming), there appear to be more seniors being served by Title III Nutrition programs than are Struggling With Hunger, according to our estimations. This
does not mean that Senior Hunger does not exist in these states or that Title III Nutrition programs are solving the problem.
Though Older Americans Act Title III programs target populations that are more statistically likely to struggle with hunger, households do not
have to qualify as “struggling with hunger” as a condition to receive meals from Title III Nutrition
Yearly Cost of Meals
These costs are derived from the AGID State Profiles.
First, the individual cost of a meal is determined using the average cost of both home-delivered and congregate meals for each state in the given year (Expenditure data found on AGID State Profile, Part F: Expenditures, Lines 10, 11, 21, and 22).This figure was derived for each state, since each state serves a different amount of meals with different levels of expenditure. For example, in the US in calendar year 2011, 227,733,144 meals were served through Older Americans Act Title III Nutrition Programs. The Total Expenditures for these meals (including Federal, state, and other sources) totaled $1,406,503,791. This means the average cost per meal was $6.18.
Next, we estimated the cost of meals for a year based on 250 multiplied by the average cost per meal for each state.
Though many home-delivered or congregate meals clients do not get meals year-round
for many reasons, we estimate that if a client were to receive meals “year
would receive approximately 250 meals a year-- 5 meals a week for 50 weeks of the year. Fifty weeks estimate is to account for Federal Holidays.
The figures presented on the fact sheet are rounded up to the next nearest dollar from the calculations above.