The face of senior hunger in America
In the United States, MOWAA-sponsored research has found that:
- Nearly six million seniors faced the threat of hunger in 2007.
11.4 percent of all seniors experienced some form of food insecurity. Of these, about 2.5 million were at risk.
However, little research has been done in this area. That is why the Meals On Wheels Association of America Foundation, with generous underwriting from the Harrah’s Foundation, commissioned a 2008 research study entitled “The Causes, Consequences and Future of Senior Hunger in America.” In 2009, a follow-up to that groundbreaking…
More Than a Meal Study
Meals on Wheels of RI was honored to be one of the eight programs nationwide that participated in a study from Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research funded by AARP Foundation. Kali Thomas, Ph.D., a former MOWRI volunteer and granddaughter of a MOWRI client, designed and …
- A young senior between the ages of 60 and 64
Seniors age 80 and older were less likely to be food insecure compared to those aged 60-64.That is, an 84-year-old senior is over one-third less likely to be at-risk of hunger than a 64-year-old senior.
- Living at or below the poverty line
Households above 200 percent of the poverty line have nearly a 15 percentage point lower probability of…
The future of senior hunger
- In 2025, an estimated 9.5 million senior Americans will experience some form of food insecurity, about 75 percent higher than the number who experienced food insecurity in 2005.
- In 2025, an estimated 3.9 million senior Americans
will be at-risk