Senior Hunger State by State
Meals On Wheels Research Foundation Releases Senior Hunger Report Card™
WASHINGTON, DC. (May 3, 2012) – The Meals On Wheels Research Foundation (MOWRF) issued the first annual Senior Hunger Report Card™ (Report Card), which evaluates the nation’s performance in reducing food insecurity and eradicating hunger.
The opinions expressed in the Report Card are based on MOWRF’s independent review of the original research and data published in “Senior Hunger in America 2010: An Annual Report.” The report was prepared by Dr. James P. Ziliak of the University of Kentucky and Dr. Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois.
The report also found that, of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the 10 states with the highest rates of seniors facing the threat of hunger are the following:
- Mississippi 21.53%
- New Mexico 21.24%
- Arkansas 19.42%
- Texas 18.14%
- Tennessee 17.57%
- Alabama 17.29%
- Georgia 17.12%
- South Carolina 17.10%
- Florida 16.64%
- Nevada 16.50%
Both the full Senior Hunger Report Card™ and the research report “Senior Hunger in America 2010: An Annual Report,”.
This Senior Hunger Report Card™ is the first in a series of annual report cards on the state of senior hunger that the Meals On Wheels Research Foundation plans to issue. These will be based on the Foundation’s analyses of annual research reports prepared by Dr. James P. Ziliak and Dr. Craig Gundersen who will examine national and state-level data from the December Supplements to the Current Population Study (CPS), a nationally representative survey conducted by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2008 Research Study (Brief Summary): “Senior Hunger in the United States: Differences across States and Rural and Urban Areas” http://www.mowaa.org/Document.Doc?id=195
2009 Research Study (Full Text): “Senior Hunger in the United States: Differences across States and Rural and Urban Areas” http://www.mowaa.org/Document.Doc?id=193
Research Study (Appendices): “Senior Hunger in the United States: Differences across States and Rural and Urban Areas” http://www.mowaa.org/Document.Doc?id=194
About Meals On Wheels Research Foundation
Formed in 1995, the Meals On Wheels Research Foundation (MOWRF) is the only research entity of its kind focused exclusively on the areas of senior hunger and senior nutrition in the United States. MOWRF seeks to support the Meals On Wheels Association of America’s (MOWAA) vision of ending senior hunger by 2020 through the sponsorship and promotion of research that increases understanding and awareness of the issue. Ending senior hunger is within our reach.