Food insecurity is an issue plaguing America and has only increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Nutrition Journal, nearly 15 percent of U.S. households—and almost 18 percent of households with children reported food insecurity early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the pandemic, approximately 11% of households reported food insecurity. These are the same people who were most likely already experiencing some degree of food insecurity and are now facing even more significant hardship since COVID-19.
Food insecurity in children is a significant problem in the United States. According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates, 7.8 percent of American households with children were food insecure* in 2015 – a percentage that amounts to 3 million households that were unable to provide adequate, nutritious food for their children. Additionally, in 247,000 households, food security was characterized as very low, indicating periods of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.
Food Security (or Insecurity) Defined!
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It may seem unbelievable, considering the abundance of food in the U.S., but malnutrition is a very real problem among the elderly. It’s estimated that as many as one out of every four senior citizens suffers from poor nutrition. This can have a serious negative impact on health, from lowered immunity to slower wound healing and exacerbation of existing diseases. It can lead to loss of weight and muscle strength, making daily activities more difficult and increasing the likelihood of falls.
Terry White is an Account Executive at GA Foods. Formerly he has served as Secretary for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Executive Director for the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, and Chief for the Division of Home & Community Based Services, Ohio Department of Aging. GA Foods is privileged to have a team member with extensive knowledge in services for seniors.
The number of adults reaching retirement age is expected to increase significantly over the next generation. In fact, the number of older adults could reach 80 million by 2040.