Maine has one of the oldest populations in the country, and many aging Mainers live in poverty and isolation. According to a 2014 survey conducted by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, Maine seniors 60 and older suffer the 13th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation, with nearly 17 percent experiencing the threat of hunger, compared with the 15.75 percent national average. The rate was highest among those 60 to 64 years old.
There are several programs that work to combat hunger and food insecurity in older Mainers.
Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging administer and coordinate commodity food and nutrition programs across the state. Contact your area agency for information about these programs by calling (877) ELDERS1 or visiting maine4a.org.
More information about the federal Meals on Wheels program, including state-by-state enrollment data and other information, is available from the nonprofit organization, Meals on Wheels America, at mealsonwheelsamerica.org.
Detailed menu options and nutritional information is available from Bangor Airport Food Service, which prepares many of the home delivery and community cafe meals for Maine’s meals on Wheels program. Visit bafsinc.com for details.