From the beginning, the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program was designed to help reduce hunger and malnutrition. Hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition lead to poorer health outcomes and decreased functionality.
This section will provide access to the latest research on food insecurity and hunger among seniors.

Traditional Foods in Native America

October 26, 2015

This report highlights traditional foods programs in six culturally and geographically diverse American Indian and Alaska Native communities. For decades, American Indian and Alaska Native communities have been reclaiming traditional foods and practices as an integral part of the Indigenous food sovereignty movement, which embraces identity and history, tribal sovereignty, traditional ways and cultural practices… Read more »

2014 Summer BreakSpot Mobile Pilot – Broward County, FL

September 14, 2015

The 2014 Summer BreakSpot Mobile Unit Pilot of Broward County, Florida (“Mobile Pilot”) was a partnership between Broward Meals On Wheels (BMOW), Broward County Housing Authority (BCHA), Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) and Florida Impact, working through the South Florida Hunger Coalition. The goal of this initiative was to provide nutritious meals at three… Read more »

Special Issue 2015: Home- and Community-Based Meal Services for Older Adults

August 28, 2015

The goal of this Special Issue of the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics is to feature state-of-the-field original articles that provide research-based insight into different programs and approaches that deliver nutrition-related home- and community-based services (HCBS). This is the first single body of work that details many facets of evidence regarding these programs,… Read more »

Feeding America Baby Boomers and Beyond Facing Hunger After Fifty

July 9, 2015

Baby Boomers and Beyond: Facing Hunger after Fifty aims to explore the circumstances of older adults and their households who utilize the Feeding America network of food banks. These individuals are members of a growing older adult population in the United States that has unique health, economic and nutritional needs. Understanding the particular experiences of… Read more »

Toolkit: Components of a Quality Nutrition Program – Part 2

November 3, 2016

A quality senior nutrition program should be future-focused, client-focused and entrepreneurial-minded. Those running and overseeing quality senior nutrition programs, independent of their size, must understand the role senior nutrition services play within the broader parallel nutrition systems, and they must be prepared to modernize their strategy and operations, strengthening this role in the changing environment…. Read more »

Older Adults Who Are Frail More Likely to Be Food Insufficient

April 16, 2015

A national study of older Americans shows those who have limited mobility and low physical activity – scientifically categorized as “frail” – are five times more likely to report that they often don’t have enough to eat, defined as “food insufficiency,” than older adults who were not frail. The nationally representative study of more than… Read more »

Food Security Data Access and Documentation

April 16, 2015

This website section provides information about publicly available national surveys that include questions from the U.S. Food Security Survey Module. Public-use household-level Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement (CPS-FSS) data files are available for each year since 1995. Beginning with the 2010 CPS-FSS survey, data and documentation may be downloaded via FTP from the Census… Read more »