food insecurity

Recent federal proposals would add additional barriers to an already underused program, including efforts to require older adults to prove they’re engaging in work activities for a certain number of hours per week or risk losing SNAP after three months.
Imagine living alone, being frail or living with a disability, and unable to leave your house without help. Now imagine feeling a hunger pang, opening up your fridge to find it empty, or wondering how you are going to get your next meal.
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For the fourth year in a row, AARP employees joined their colleagues from AARP Foundation for a day of service on 9/11. Thousands of volunteers from across the DC metro region and beyond joined together on the National Mall to pack meals for low-income seniors. More than 10 million older adults are at risk of hunger every day.
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Nearly 8 percent of adults age 65 and older are food insecure, meaning they do not always have balanced meals or enough to eat because they cannot afford it. However, there are significant racial and ethnic disparities in food insecurity among older adults. Black and Hispanic seniors are over three times more likely to experience food insecurity than their white and Asian counterparts. In fact, nearly 1 in 5 black seniors are food insecure, compared to about 1 in 18 white seniors.
En español | Food insecurity is a significant public health problem for older adults. In 2014, nearly 8 percent (3.47 million) of Americans age 65 and older were living in food insecure households, meaning they did not have balanced meals or enough to eat because they could not afford it. According to current estimates, the share of food-insecure older adults will increase 50 percent by 2025.
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The nation's face of hunger is changing: More than 8 million boomers ages 50 to 64 are turning to charities for food assistance, according to a new report by Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks that provide food and groceries to Americans in need.
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Finish your peas and carrots and you can join the "clean plate club." That's what my parents told my brother and me when we were growing up. They had lived through the depression and wanted to be sure nothing at our table went to waste.
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This is a guest post by Becky Squires. Becky is a writer-editor for AARP Foundation.
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Editor's note: This post originally appeared as an article in the May/June 2012 issue of Aging Today but has been edited for length.
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