In recognition of Older Americans Month, the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is releasing a two-part blog series on food insecurity among older adults.
Part 1 focuses on food insecurity’s prevalence among older adults as well as its disproportionate rates among Black and Latinx households and examines risk factors that make older adults more likely to experience food insecurity.
Part 2 will elevate the key role federal nutrition programs play in addressing food insecurity among older adults.
As a strategy to address food insecurity, FRAC urges stakeholders and advocates to connect older adults to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other nutrition programs. FRAC highlights that a considerable body of evidence shows that SNAP plays a role in improving food security, economic security, health, and dietary for older adults. However, one out of every two eligible older adults miss out on the benefits of SNAP.
Connecting older adults with SNAP and other nutrition programs will be discussed in greater detail in part two of their blog series.