Hunger On The Rise Among Older Americans

According to a new report commissioned by AARP Foundation, nearly 9 million Americans over the age of 50 are at risk of hunger – a 79 percent increase since 2001. Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Foundation president, said the recession has taken an especially large toll on older people, particularly in the middle class. The study was the first to also examine hunger rates for people between the ages of 50 and 59, who are too young to qualify for Social Security and Medicare. Among this group, the risk of hunger rose 38 percent between 2007 and 2009. The 10 states with the highest rate of food insecurity among people over the age of 60 were Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas, South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. More here.

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