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Food Security Among Older Adults: Research

AARP Foundation Food Security Among Older Adults

Our Commitment 

AARP Foundation is committed to better understanding food insecurity and nutrition insecurity among older adults and identifying ways to address them. Our purpose is to make sure all older adults have access to “sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”

The following research reports were either commissioned or supported by AARP Foundation as part of our commitment to improving food and nutrition security.

Research Reports

Recently Released Research Reports

Making SNAP Benefits Adequate: Reflections From Interviews With Older Adults

This study outines the positive impact temporary pandemic-related SNAP benefit increases had on the health, nutrition, and well-being of older adults.

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Boosted Food Assistance

Results from a survey of older adults SNAP participants reveal pandemic-related benefit increases helped many but inequities persist.

SNAP Access: Barriers and Opportunities for Older Adults

This report describes barriers older adults experience and the state waivers and program changes that may improve access to the program.

Food Security Research

How the Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP) Affects Food Security

Results from a study of older adults who received SNAP through an ESAP application underscore the importance of the benefit amount.

Baby Boomers and Beyond: Facing Hunger after 50

This report highlights the circumstances of adults over 50 who receive charitable food assistance through the Feeding America network of food banks.

Envisioning a New Future for Congregate Meals

Despite the pandemic’s challenges, congregate meal programs found ways not only to continue but also in many cases to grow their services. 

Nutrition Security Research

Healthy Aging-Nutrition Matters: Start Early and Screen Often

Nutrition is crucial for healthy aging and can prevent, slow the progression of, and in some cases treat conditions associated with aging.

Nutrition Over 50: A Special Report on Low-Income Adults Over 50

This study explores how older adults with low income think about their nutrition and health, and what motivates them to take action and make changes.

AARP Resources

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AARP Public Policy Institute Research

Health Research includes topics such as SNAP and SNAP access during the pandemic.


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