Senior Homelessness in California

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California’s senior population is growing faster than other groups of the population. That is challenging for a state already facing a lot of senior poverty. However, this is not unique to California. Millions of seniors in the US face economic trouble. Around half of the older adult population gets the majority of their spending money…

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How Mercy Brown Bag Is Combatting Senior Poverty in California

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By 2060, California’s 60-year and older population is expected to grow at least three times faster than the total population. This rapid growth challenges a state that already struggles with senior poverty. This issue isn’t unique to California. More than 15 million older adults in the United States face economic insecurity. Approximately half of seniors get…

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How Brown Bag Is Combatting Growing Senior Hunger

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There is an alarming trend growing among seniors throughout the nation. According to AARP, more than 5 million adults aged 60 and older are food insecure. These adults regularly go hungry because they can’t afford the food they need. Disability, low income and poor health are all common reasons for senior hunger. Food insecurity doesn’t…

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Striving for Real Change

“Hey! Hey! Golden State! Take a look at your poverty rate!” On May 8th, our executive director, Krista Lucchesi, traveled with a group of our senior volunteers to Sacramento, California, the state capitol. They went to advocate for an increase in SSI, which stands for “Supplemental Security Income.” According to the Social Security Administration, SSI…

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The Reality of Injustice

My time with Mercy Brown Bag has further opened my eyes to the realities of injustice and the ways that the systems in our country leave people out. Being born within a certain context should not make the difference between whether or not I will have enough resources to survive. Taking the time to step…

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