Senior Hunger on the Rise

The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) has released a new study entitled The State of Senior Hunger in America 2012.  In just five years from 2007 to 2012, the number of seniors facing the threat of hunger increased by 49%. The report, which contains the most recent statistics on senior hunger, attempts to raise awareness on this issue.

This report demonstrates that seniors in 2012 continued to face increasing challenges meeting food need. Specifically, we find that:

  • 15% of seniors face the threat of hunger. This translates into 9.3 million seniors.
  • Those living in states in the South and Southwest, those who are racial or ethnic minorities, those with lower incomes, and those who are younger (ages 60-69) are most likely to be threatened by hunger.
  • Out of those seniors who face the threat of hunger, the majority has incomes above the poverty line and is white.
  • From 2001 to 2012, the fraction of seniors experiencing the threat of hunger increased by 44%. The number of seniors rose by 98% which also reflects the growing population of seniors.
  • Since the onset of the recession in 2007 until 2013, the number of seniors experiencing the threat of hunger has increased by 49%

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