ALEXANDRIA, VA– – The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) today released a study entitled The State of Senior Hunger in America 2012: An Annual Report, which revealed that 15.3 percent of seniors or 9.3 million individuals in the United States faced the threat of hunger. This report examines the extent and distribution of hunger threat among seniors in 2012. In just five years from 2007 to 2012, the number of seniors facing the threat of hunger increased by 49 percent.

“The number of seniors facing hunger continued to go in the wrong direction,” said Enid Borden, NFESH Founder, President and CEO. “This is unacceptable. If we do not make it a priority in this country for everyone to have access to affordable and healthful foods, we will continue to see an increase in Americans struggling with hunger.”

The report also shows the rates of senior hunger among each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Below are the top ten worst states for senior hunger.10 worst states

The State of Senior Hunger in America 2012 also identifies those seniors who were most vulnerable.  These categories include:

  • Baby boomers (i.e. the “young old”) – 60% of seniors who faced the threat of hunger were in the 60-69 age cohort.
  • Grandparents living with grandchildren – Over one-third (35%) of seniors faced the threat of hunger with a grandchild present.
  • Women – 16.6% of senior women faced the threat of huge contrast to 13.8% of senior men.
  • Non-Whites – Both Hispanic and African American seniors faced a threat of hunger more than double that of whites.
  • Poor and near poor – Over 61% of seniors threatened by hunger had incomes below 200% of the poverty line.

In addition, the report noted that there were significant increases in hunger threat over the previous year among the following seniors: those living in poverty, in rural areas (non-metro), those between the ages of 75 and 79, and the disabled.

Commissioned by NFESH and underwritten in part by the RGK Foundation, The State of Senior Hunger in America 2012: An Annual Report was produced by Dr. James P. Ziliak of the University of Kentucky and Dr. Craig G. Gundersen of the University of Illinois based on original research they conducted. This report is a follow-up to their 2013 report entitled “The State of Senior Hunger in America 2011: An Annual Report,” which was also commissioned by NFESH. The data used for both reports is from the Core Food Security Module (CFSM) in Current Population Study (CPS).

In addition to releasing The State of Senior Hunger in America 2012: An Annual Report, NFESH also issued its third annual Senior Hunger Report Card™ that provides NFESH’s appraisal of the nation’s performance in reducing senior hunger.  The opinions expressed in the Report Card are solely NFESH’s and based on our review of the independent, original research and data published in The State of Senior Hunger in America 2012: An Annual Report. 

Full Report

Senior hunger by state

2012 Senior Hunger Report Card™

 

CONTACT: For further information, please contact Heather Cosson at NFESH at
571-312-2675 or heather@nfesh.org.

About the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger
The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) 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.

For more information visit: www.nfesh.org.

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