THE BRONX - More New Yorkers in their golden years are visiting food pantries and soup kitchens than ever before, according to a new study.

The Hunger Action Network found that senior citizens now make up 20 percent of those who are struggling with hunger, compared to just 4 percent 25 years ago.

Officials at the James Monroe Senior Center in The Bronx say the report is not surprising. The director says the number of elderly people coming in for reduced meals has nearly doubled in recent years.