The food bank network Feeding America and AARP are reporting that a minimum of 8 million baby boomers are facing hunger in America.
This older group of Americans, ages 50 to 64, called "pre-seniors," is seeking food assistance to curtail the lack of food due to issues such as employment, housing, health and mounting medical bills, according to a report released by Feeding America and the AARP Foundation, titled "Baby Boomers and Beyond: Facing Hunger After Fifty."
This age group is also not yet eligible to receive Social Security benefits or Medicare.
"Hunger is an invisible problem that millions of older Americans battle silently every day," said AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson in a statement.
"We have found that the 'youngest old' — people 50 to 59 — tend to suffer the most, often having to skimp on meals or skip them altogether because they can't afford them," Ryerson said.
She added that the research shows that this is a "hidden" but "very serious problem."
Feeding America operates 200 food banks around the country, assisting more than 46 million Americans per year. The two groups used data from Feeding America's "Hunger in America 2014" report.
"Our network serves 13 million older adults and we expect that number to rise," Matt Knott, president of Feeding America, said in a statement.
"Every day for the next 15 years, 10,000 people will turn 65. This is absolutely the right time to be taking a hard look at the data to determine the challenges our mature clients face," Knott said.
To combat this problem, Feeding America says that it is devoting more resources to its programs that are aimed at assisting older Americans.
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