2018 Missouri Senior Food Insecurity Report

Hunger is a serious threat facing millions of seniors in the United States. The percentage of older adults facing the threat of hunger is also known as the rate of senior food insecurity. Estimates indicate that one in eight Missouri seniors struggled with food insecurity in 2015. Of the more than 1.3 million seniors in Missouri in 2015, roughly 170,000 grappled with not having regular access to food.

This report illuminates the prevalence of senior food insecurity and encourages community members, health professionals, public officials, and decision makers at all levels to come together and take a deeper look at the causes of senior hunger by highlighting potential solutions to address the growing prevalence of senior food insecurity.

The 2018 Missouri Senior Hunger Report features:
• The Landscape of Senior Food Insecurity: A synopsis of the overall key findings;
• Measurement: A summary of how food insecurity is measured in the U.S.;
• Frequency: A review of the prevalence of senior food insecurity at the national and statewide level;
• Common Predictors: A description of the factors that contribute to increased risk of food insecurity;
• Impact: A discussion of the poor nutrition and health outcomes associated with food insecurity;
• Strategies and Trade-offs: An overview of the continual spending decisions that food insecure seniors
often encounter;
• Food Assistance: An outline of the public and private nutritional assistance programs currently available
to Missouri seniors;
• Opportunities: A list of proposed actions to help alleviate local senior food insecurity.