AARP Foundation finds tough times are affecting the youngest baby boomers --- 50 to 59 year olds --- resulting in 8.8 million in that bracket facing the risk of hunger, learns Grumpy Editor.
In case highlights from the report, “Food Insecurity Among Older Adults,” do not make it to your local newspaper today:
Research uncovers more than 9 percent of older Americans were at risk of hunger in 2009, a 79 percent increase since 2001.
The research for AARP Foundation, an AARP affiliated charity, by James P. Ziliak of the University of Kentucky and Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois, is the first of its kind to examine hunger risk among 50 to 59 year olds.
They point out that age group, too young for Social Security and too old to qualify for programs designed for families with children, can be hard hit in bad economic times.
"For the first time, we have a fuller picture of hunger risk among all Americans 50-plus,” relates Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Foundation president.
"The recession has taken an especially large toll on older people, particularly those in the middle class," she adds.
"Between 2007 and 2009, the most dramatic increase in food insecurity was among those with annual incomes more than twice the poverty line.”