5.5 million seniors age 60 or older were food insecure in 2017 and even if the rate remains unchanged the number of seniors who go hungry could grow to more than 8 million by 2050, finds a report from Feeding America. The study used data from 2017, since that is the most recent year for which data is available.
According to the report, among food insecure seniors, six in ten are female.
Seniors who live with grandchildren are more likely to be food insecure than seniors who do not. About two-thirds of food-insecure seniors have income above the federal poverty line, which shows that seniors with relatively high income still struggle to eat enough food.