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Understanding Hunger Among Older Americans

Why it's a growing problem in the United States and how to tackle it.

Between 2006 and 2008, the percentage of poor and near-poor older Americans who weren't sure they would have enough to eat more than doubled — from 4.7 percent to 10.1 percent, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. In response to the growing problem, some of the nation's leading hunger and poverty experts gathered on June 3, 2010, at Poverty and Aging: The Growing Problem of Hunger and Older Adults, a forum sponsored by the AARP Foundation in Washington, D.C.

bread and water

— Sagel & Kranefeld/Corbis

The participants presented recent research to explain the increase in hunger and discussed practical, cost-effective strategies to improve the flow of nutritious food and food assistance benefits to older, low-income Americans.

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