This 2017 report, from Meals on Wheels America (MOWA), seeks to increase the understanding of a variety of food assistance programs that can work in combination to more effectively address the needs of the more than 10 million older Americans facing hunger each year.
For the first time in one place, the Hunger in Older Adults report:
- Examines national programs that address these issues, silos in these systems, and potential strategies;
- Synthesizes publicly available research and information from government, organizations, academic studies, aging services reports and technical assistance materials;
- Examines the multiple ways that State Units on Aging (SUAs) tackle food insecurity to better address senior hunger issues within their state;
- Illuminates some of the challenges and opportunities for the community-based nutrition services network in serving older adults; and
- Recommends actions for leaders and advocates to better communicate, coordinate or collaborate, and develop more effective interventions.
Through best practices and actionable strategies, Hunger in Older Adults seeks to engage Aging Network leaders and advocates as partners to increase use of food assistance programs by older adults as this vulnerable population is set to double by 2050.