TEXAS HUNGER AND ISOLATION STATISTICS 
 

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TEXAS'S SENIOR POPULATION STRUGGLES WITH HUNGER AND ISOLATION

Senior population* 5,123,709 (18%) Rank: 49th in U.S.
Seniors threatened by hunger (marginally food insecure) 1,019,618 (20%) Rank: 12th in U.S.
Seniors at risk of hunger (food insecure) 548,237 (11%) Rank: 6th in U.S.
Seniors facing hunger (very low food secure) 189,577 (4%) Rank: 13th in U.S.
State ranking for risk of social isolation** 19th in U.S.

FACTORS CREATE DISPARITIES AND MAKE SENIORS VULNERABLE

Black or African American 10%  Hispanic or Latino 24%   Native American/Alaskan or Hawaiian/Pacific Islander less than 1%
Seniors self-reporting “fair to poor” health 30% Seniors with a disability 31%
Seniors living alone 21% Seniors living below the poverty line 11%
Seniors who lack income to pay for basic living needs   Singles: 50%   Couples: 24%

POOR NUTRITION/LIMITED AFFECTS PEOPLE, HEALTHCARE, AND ECONOMY

Seniors experiencing falls with injury 13% Preventable hospitalizations*** 47 per 1,000
Hospital readmissions within 30 days*** 16% Total Medicare spending (in billions) $41.82

OLDER AMERICANS ACT (OAA) NUTRITION PROGRAMS IN TEXAS ARE DELIVERING 

  Title III-C Nutrition Program   TitleVI Grants for Native Americans  
  Seniors Served Meals Served Seniors Served Meals Served
Congregate meals 62,002 4,122,732 167 15,540
Home-delivered meals 62,143 11,818,518 48 14,715
Total 124,145 15,941,250 215 30,255

PROFILE OF SENIORS RECEIVING OAA TITLE III SERVICES ****

Live alone 44% Live below the poverty line 44%
Live in a rural area 34% Women 63%
Black or African American 18% Hispanic or Latino32% Native American or Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander less than 1%

PROGRAM FUNDING VARIES BASED ON COMMUNITY NEEDS AND RESOURCES OF THE COMMUNITY- MADE UP OF FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND PRIVATE DOLLARS

  Congregate Meals Home-delivered meals Total
OAA III Expenditures $17,073,984 $16,429,924 $33,503,908 (41%)
Total Expenditures $28,110,121 $53,841,730 $81,951,851
 
FULLY INVESTING IN MEALS ON WHEELS ENSURES VULNERABLE TX SENIORS CAN REMAIN HEALTHIER AT HOME, AVOIDING  COSTLY HEALTHCARE FACILITIES
 
Cost of 1 home-delivered / congregate meal***** Cost of 1 day in a hospital Cost of 1 day in a nursing home
$9.84 / $8.85 $2,604 $160
Notes: * Senior population and hunger: lower number ranking = higher percent; ** Social isolation: lower number ranking = higher isolation risk; *** Among Medicare beneficiaries of all ages; **** Includes Title III registered services not limited to meals; ***** Inflation-adjusted regional average
Information data sources available at www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/facts.