As of 2017, food insecurity—having limited access to adequate nutritious food to live a healthy lifestyle—affects 40 million people in the United States, which includes 5.5 million seniors age 60 and older. This also includes 4.8 million individuals age 50-59, equal to 11.3% of older adults in that age range. This is substantially higher than the 7.7% of seniors age 60 and older who are food insecure. Exploration of the extent and distribution of food insecurity among individuals age 50-59 reveals the challenges faced today by millions of aging adults and provides insight into the future challenges that may be faced by the next generation of seniors.
This summary highlights key findings from Hunger Among Adults Age 50-59 in 2017, a research report authored by Dr. James P. Ziliak and Dr. Craig Gundersen and released for the first time in 2019 as part of The State of Senior Hunger in America study series. Using publicly available data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), the report examines the prevalence and distribution of food insecurity among individuals age 50-59 (referred to throughout as older adults). To access the full set of reports and references, visit feedingamerica.org/stateofseniorhunger.
- Author: Dr. James P. Ziliak and Dr. Craig Gundersen
- Publisher: Feeding America
- Type: Report and Research
- Tags: food insecurity Nutrition Older Adults senior hunger