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Food insecurity and older adults: Pandemic Edition

Food insecurity was already a serious problem for many older adults, and the pandemic has made a serious situation even worse.

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, nearly 5.3 million seniors faced hunger in the U.S., according to the nonprofit Feeding America. The rate of hunger among seniors aged 60 and older has increased by 38% since 2001, and at the current rate, the number of food-insecure seniors may grow to more than 8 million by 2050. These older adults are often forced into impossible choices: paying for food, for medication, or for a roof over their head.

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