o This represents 9.9% of the total senior population in San Diego County (433,000) ▪ One in 10 seniors in San Diego County experience food insecurity. o This represents 32.6% of seniors below 200% FPL (132,000) ▪ One third of low‐income seniors experience food insecurity.
In 2019, 5.2 million seniors aged 60+ faced hunger. That’s 1 in 14 seniors or 7.1% of all seniors. 63% of seniors visiting food banks say they have to choose between food and medical care.
Statistics from the San Diego Hunger Coalition show that 1 in 3 San Diegans is nutrition-insecure, or unable to provide three nutritious meals a day for themselves and/or their families.
Chronic disease is a strong predictor of food insecurity among older adults, and so too are functional limitations. 5,6 Low-income older adults with functional limitations have 69 percent higher odds of food insecurity and 65 percent higher odds of poor dietary quality, based on national survey data.
1 in 3 people in San Diego County is nutrition insecure. Of those experiencing nutrition insecurity, 28% were newly nutrition insecure in 2020, while 72% were already struggling to meet their needs before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The most recent report, The State of Senior Hunger in America 2019, presents 2019 data from the Current Population Survey, the most recent year for which data are available. Findings reveal that 5.2 million seniors (7.1%, or 1 in 14) were food insecure in 2019.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Research Summary
San Diego County ranks toward the lower end of the spectrum, but 11% (360,530 people) are estimated to be food insecure. 18% (1,638,430) of California’s children were food insecure in 2017, including 16% (120,360) of children in San Diego County.
Feeding San Diego is on a mission to connect every person facing hunger with nutritious meals by maximizing food rescue. Established in 2007, Feeding San Diego is the leading hunger-relief and food rescue organization in San Diego County.
Food insecurity is defined as the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources. Low food security: “Reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake.”
Roughly 7.3 million older adults are food insecure in the U.S.
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Food insecurity rates are highest for single mother households and households with incomes below poverty line. In 2020, 35.3 percent of households with incomes below the Federal poverty line were food insecure. Food-insecure households include those with low food security and very low food security.