Introduction to senior hunger special issue

James P. Ziliak, Craig Gundersen, Mehreen Ismail

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Over 5 million persons aged 60 and older are food insecure in the United States. Previous research has uncovered information about the causes and consequences of food insecurity, but, especially in comparison to households with children, research on food insecurity among seniors has been sparse. In response, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA, FNS) funded a series of studies in this research area. In this introduction, we describe how food insecurity is measured and trends in food insecurity among seniors followed by an overview of the eight funded projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)534-548
Number of pages15
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded under contract 12319818C0010 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service. The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and should not be construed to represent any official USDA or U.S. Government determination or policy. 1

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© 2022 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.


  • SNAP
  • food insecurity
  • food stamps
  • hunger
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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