Older adults, coronavirus and food insecurity
June 3, 1 p.m. ET
Millions of older adults sheltering at home face another crisis—food insecurity. Many lack the financial cushion to stock up on groceries, or fear risking a trip to the supermarket. Online ordering is a non-starter for those who lack the technology. Those who relied on senior centers for socialization and hot, nutritious meals have lost access during the shutdown. Local food banks are overwhelmed and under-funded; many seniors, especially those in rural areas, are left with few places to turn and empty pantries. Reporters will learn more about this vital issue, what policies are in place, how they can be improved and why seniors need more than short-term triage to address this real and growing problem.
Annelies Goger, fellow, Brookings Institution
Moderator: Liz Seegert, AHCJ topic leader/aging
Annelies Goger is an economic geographer, developing innovative policy solutions to address rising inequality and improve access to economic opportunity. Her research focuses on workforce development policy, the future of work (processes of industrial transformation), and inclusive economic development.