Eight Million Seniors Face Threat Of Hunger In America

A new report from James P. Ziliak of the University of Kentucky and Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois found that one in seven American seniors faced the threat of hunger in 2010. That’s nearly 15 percent or 8.3 million seniors. It’s also a significant increase from 2005 when 1 in 9 adults over the age of 60 were facing food insecurity. The report, titled Senior Hunger in America, was prepared for the Meals On Wheels Research Foundation and highlights the challenges and hardships of today’s seniors. Food insecurity increased among older adults between 2009 and 2010, unlike the rest of the population. It is most prevalent in the South and Southwest and among minorities, the disabled, and individuals between ages 60 and 69. The threat of hunger has risen in 44 states since 2007. More here.

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