“In the United States, more than ten million seniors are going without enough to eat,” said Enid Borden, NFESH Founder, President and CEO. “Each year, the number of seniors facing the threat of hunger continues to grow. If we do not take action now to reverse this escalating trend, senior hunger will continue to affect more and more of our most vulnerable citizens.”

In examining the extent of the threat of hunger among seniors in 2014, the report also provides the rates of senior hunger in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Below are the ten states with the highest rate of senior hunger.

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This report demonstrates the increasing challenges facing seniors trying to meet their nutritional needs. Specifically, researchers found that in 2014:

  • For the first time, there were more than 10 million seniors facing the threat of hunger.
  • Those living in states in the South and Southwest, those who are racial or ethnic minorities, those with lower incomes, and those who are younger (ages 60-69) were most likely to be threatened by hunger.
  • Out of those seniors who faced the threat of hunger, the majority have incomes above the poverty line and were white.
  • From 2001 to 2014, the number of seniors experiencing the threat of hunger increased by 119 percent.
  • Since the onset of the recession in 2007 until 2014, the number of seniors experiencing the threat of hunger increased by 65%.

Commissioned by NFESH, The State of Senior Hunger in America 2014: An Annual Report, was based on original research conducted by Dr. James P. Ziliak of the University of Kentucky and Dr. Craig G. Gundersen of the University of Illinois. This report is a follow-up to their 2015 report entitled “The State of Senior Hunger in America 2013: An Annual Report,” and is the fifth in a series of yearly NFESH-commissioned research studies. The data used for these reports were from the Core Food Security Module (CFSM) in Current Population Study (CPS).

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Senior Hunger by State

About the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger
The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) identifies and assesses the challenge of senior hunger by funding senior-specific research, fostering local collaboration and engaging diverse partners. Through research, education and community partnerships the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger works to create the tangible and replicable solutions necessary to reverse the escalating number of seniors in the lifecycle of hunger.

For more information visit: www.nfesh.org.