July 9, 2015

Understanding the situations of the people served by Feeding America is an important goal of our research efforts. By looking at the age breakouts of those visiting food banks, we learned that hunger is a problem for a large group of older Americans. USA TODAY reported on this research:

At least 8 million Baby Boomers are facing hunger in the USA and may be more vulnerable to food insecurity than their older peers, according to a report released Thursday from the food bank network Feeding America and funded by AARP Foundation.

"Hunger is an invisible problem that millions of older Americans battle silently every day," AARP Foundation president Lisa Marsh Ryerson said in a statement. "We have found that the 'youngest old' tend to suffer the most, often having to skimp on meals or skip them altogether because they can¹t afford them," she wrote.

The "youngest old" are Baby Boomers or adults from the ages of 50 to 64.

Feeding America is an organization of 200 food banks that help more than 46 million Americans each year. The majority of older adults using their services are Boomers, according to the report.

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