Baby Boomers and Beyond: Facing Hunger after Fifty

The report Baby Boomers and Beyond: Facing Hunger After Fifty highlights the circumstances of older adults age 50 and older who receive charitable food assistance through the Feeding America network of food banks. Building on previous senior hunger research, Baby Boomers and Beyond expands its scope to include pre-seniors between the ages of 50 and 64, who may be particularly vulnerable as they are not yet of retirement age and thus ineligible for safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security.

Key findings from Baby Boomers and Beyond include:

  • 13 million older adults age 50+ receive assistance from the Feeding America network each year
  • 62 percent of older adult clients are between the ages of 50 and 64
  • 81 percent of older adult households are food insecure
  • 68 percent of older adult households live in poverty based on their annual income

Baby Boomers and Beyond: Facing Hunger After Fifty was released by Feeding America with support from the AARP Foundation. The research findings are based on analyses conducted by Dr. Craig Gundersen of age-segmented data from the 2014 iteration of Feeding America’s quadrennial Hunger in America study.

Read the executive summary (PDF).

 

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