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Covering food insecurity in older adults during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on older adults, far beyond the tens of thousands of cases and deaths striking those 60 and older. It also is highlighting the fragility of safety net programs and services that help to feed the estimated 1.5 million seniors who rely on senior centers, home delivery and food banks for healthy, nutritious meals. According to the Milbank Memorial Fund, the majority of these recipients are 75 and older, and live alone.

Liz Seegert provides additional background and statistics as well as story ideas, sources and questions to consider when writing about this topic.

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