Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Food Insecurity Rates among Low Income, Elderly Residents

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Food Insecurity Rates among Low Income, Elderly Residents

Article excerpt

Severe food deprivation may be uncommon in the U.S., however, lesser degrees of food insecurity can and do exist with certain groups being particularly vulnerable. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the prevalence of food insecurity among elderly residents in Walker County, TX. One hundred eight men and women were interviewed from several elderly organizations and local mission feeding programs within the county. The U.S. Household Food-Security/Hunger Survey, developed by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, was administered. Data were analyzed using SPSS 14.0. Participants' ages ranged from 60 to greater than 90 years. Only 15% (n = 16) of the participants reported still being married while 47% (n = 51) were widowed. Sixty-five percent (n = 70) reported living alone. The yearly income level most often reported (n = 34; 32%) was between $7,001 and $9,000. Twenty-four percent (n = 26) reported an income of less than $7,000 per year. Fifty percent (n = 54) of the participants received food stamps while 44% (n = 48) received some form of community assistance. Forty-four percent reported sometimes to often not having enough to eat. The most frequently cited reason for this was not enough money (46%; n = 50). Not being able to get to the store (24%; n = 26) and being on a special diet (31%; n = 33) were also cited as reasons for not having enough to eat. …

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