Mind the Meal Gap

Green River Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living

Two new reports on hunger among older Americans show Kentucky has the nation’s highest rate of food insecurity for those who are in their 50s, and it’s also a major issue for Kentuckians over 60. In the Green River region alone, more than 300 elders are on a waiting list for a daily hot meal. 

A first-time report by Feeding America, Hunger Among Adults Age 50 to 59 in 2017, shows for that age group Kentucky has the highest rate of food insecurity in the nation at 19 percent, compared to the national rate of 11 percent.

In the complementary report, The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2017, which focuses on  those who are 60 and over, the Bluegrass State has a food insecurity rate of about eight percent, slightly above the national average.