By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Participants at a workshop held at the Philadelphia Senior Center got feedback on the impact of hunger on senior citizens.

The project on senior hunger centers on resources available to homebound seniors, and how volunteer-supported programs work in concert with other efforts to connect needy seniors to food.

Project Coordinator Margaret Ernst says Philadelphia’s senior population is not immune to the risk of hunger.

“This project is geared to look at what resources are out there related to hunger for seniors in Philly, particularly with an emphasis on programs that engage everyday Philadelphians as volunteers.”

Some recent stats show Philadelphia has the highest proportion of adults over 60 among the ten largest cities in the U.S. The highest concentration of seniors who cut meals, due to lack of money, reside in North Central Philadelphia, followed by Southwest, West and Northeast Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging gets home-delivered meals to about 4,500 seniors.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio

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