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Spotlight on Senior Hunger

Major Findings on Senior Food Insecurity

In 2011, almost one in every 12 seniors above the age of 60 in the United States was food insecure. That represents 4.8 million seniors nationwide, which is more than double the number of food insecure seniors in 2001.

Research Partners: National Foundation to End Hunger and Feeding America

The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH), in partnership with Feeding America, released a research report, Spotlight on Senior Hunger. The report, based on research that NFESH commissioned and funded, examines the growth of senior hunger in the United States and reveals that the number of food insecure seniors above the age of 60 has more than doubled to 4.8 million from 2001 to 2011. The findings show the unexpected level of growth was most pronounced in baby boomers (i.e. the “young old” age 60-69).

What are the Trends?

The report includes important information about seniors with disabilities, those living above the poverty line, younger seniors, seniors living with grandchildren, and race and ethnicity. Please click here to read the entire report.

Food Insecurity

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nation’s network of more than 200 food banks and the largest hunger-relief charity in the United States. Each year, Feeding America secures and distributes three billion pounds of food and grocery products through 61,000 agencies nationwide. Our agency network provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 37 million people in need annually, including 3 million adults 65 years of age and older.

About the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger

The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger identifies and assesses the challenge of senior hunger by funding senior-specific research, fostering local collaboration and engaging diverse partners. Through research, education and community partnerships the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger works to create the tangible and replicable solutions necessary to reverse the escalating number of seniors in the lifecycle of hunger.