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Senior Hunger

With Wade Goodwyn in for Tom Ashbrook.

Hunger among the elderly – it’s widespread and getting worse. What’s the solution?

 

Junior LB David Allen joined teammates and coaches from UCLA in an effort to give back to the Bay Area community and fight hunger by visiting Glide Memorial Church & Kitchen on Friday, December 30, 2011. (AP)

Junior LB David Allen joined teammates and coaches from UCLA in an effort to give back to the Bay Area community and fight hunger by visiting Glide Memorial Church & Kitchen on Friday, December 30, 2011. (AP)

Senior hunger in America.  It’s insidious and it’s growing, quietly. That’s because seniors are humiliated and don’t want to be a bother and want to stay in their homes so they go hungry without making a fuss.

But advocates for the elderly are raising the alarm. An army of baby boomers who’ve saved nowhere near enough given how long they’re going to live is marching toward a hungry retirement.

This hour, On Point: the heartbreaking story of doing without after you’ve given your all in the land of plenty.

-Wade Goodwyn

Guests

Enid Borden, incoming-president and CEO of the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.

James Ziliack,  Director of the Center for Poverty Research at the University of Kentucky.

Seth Hancock, filmmaker, his upcoming documentary “Leftovers” explores the topic of senior hunger in America.

From The Reading List

Huffington Post “We live in the greatest nation on Earth. We live in the land of opportunity. We live in a land of abundance. We also live in a land that has oftentimes been blind to “the other side of the story.” Not everyone in this nation has been lucky. Not everyone shares in the abundance.”

Columbia Journalist Review “The press has shown only sporadic interest in the farm bill, a vast, important piece of legislation that must be considered every five years and is now moving through Congress. As CJR put it in an editorial two years ago, when discussions on the 2012 version got under way, the bill.”

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