Older Adults, Coronavirus, and Food Security

Millions of older adults sheltering at home face another crisis—food insecurity. Many lack the financial cushion to stock up on groceries or fear risking a trip to the supermarket. Online ordering is a non-starter for those who lack the technology. Those who relied on senior centers for socialization and hot, nutritious meals have lost access during the shutdown. Local food banks are overwhelmed and under-funded; many seniors, especially those in rural areas, are left with few places to turn and empty pantries. Reporters will learn more about this vital issue, what policies are in place, how they can be improved and why seniors need more than short-term triage to address this real and growing problem.