NFESH and NASUAD Form Senior Hunger Think Tank

New Think Tank LogoWASHINGTON, DC – The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) and the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) have announced the creation of the NFESH & NASUAD Senior Hunger Think Tank. The Think Tank will bring together state officials, experts in senior hunger and leaders from the private sector to examine the impact that individual state policies can have in addressing the growing problem of senior hunger.

 

In the United States, 15.5 percent of all seniors over the age of 60 faced the threat of hunger in 2013, according to the latest NFESH-commissioned research. This compares to 11.4 percent in 2005.

 

“Our research shows the number of seniors threatened by hunger has increased steadily in this country,” said Enid Borden, NFESH Founder, President and CEO. “The national problem of senior hunger is manifested on the state level and some states are more successful than others in addressing it. Through the Think Tank we will seek to understand why, so we can help all states learn how to fight senior hunger more effectively.”

 

A number of factors contribute to the prevalence of food insecurity among seniors. NFESH-commissioned research has identified many of them, which are primarily demographic in nature. Other factors, such as state-level policies that are related to the way anti-hunger programs operate, also impact state senior hunger rates. Careful examination of these policies in the context of the varying rates of senior hunger across states can and should lead to a better understanding of how to formulate and implement effective solutions.

 

“The Senior Hunger Think Tank will bring together state and national leaders to share promising practices that will create common sense solutions in order to help end the senior hunger crisis in America,” said Martha Roherty, NASUAD Executive Director.

 

The Think Tank was first announced at the NASUAD Spring Meeting on April 23.

 

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.


About NASUAD
NASUAD represents the 56 officially designated state and territorial agencies on aging and disabilities. Each of our members oversees the implementation of the Older Americans Act (OAA), and many also serve as the operating agency in their state for Medicaid waivers that serve older adults and individuals with disabilities. Together with our members, we work to design, improve, and sustain state systems delivering home and community based services and supports for people who are older or have a disability, and their caregivers.