7. The elderly make up 4 percent of Long Island’s hungry. Seniors are among the hungry for many reasons. These can include not having enough income to afford nutritious food. They can suffer from depression and loneliness. Worse, many are too proud to request help.
Seniors who are hungry experience depression and anxiety. They are also at increased risk for illness, disease, and even premature death.
8. About 6 percent of Long Islanders receiving food assistance are homeless. Often these people are the victims of various kinds of abuse and in need of mental health services. Some have pushed out of closed mental health facilities. Facilities and institutions shuttered because of lack of state funds.
9. Many of these individuals also suffer from physical disabilities. Those disabilities often limit their employment opportunities.
10. Long Island food banks don't adequate healthy food options. Soup kitchens and food pantries don't have lots of fresh produce. Because of this, people who face hunger are often forced to accept unhealthily junk foods. Foods that lead to increased risks of health ailments.
Community Solidarity is fixing this problem by sharing nutritious groceries. Over 50% of what Community Solidarity shares is fresh produce! Read on to learn how we do it, and how you can help.