Identifying and Addressing Food Insecurity in Older Adults through Comprehensive Screening and Referral Programs

Authors: Jennifer Mandelbaum, MPH


Food insecurity is a growing issue among older adults, with evidence indicating that 7.7% of adults ages 65 and older in the United States in 2017 lived in a food-insecure household.1 Between 2001 and 2017, the number of older adults who are food insecure more than doubled, reaching 5.5 million.1 Recentstudies have shown that food insecurity has reached unprecedented levels since the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, making food insecurity an especially timely issue.2

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