Explainers

Senior Hunger in Arkansas

September 1, 2017

Contact

Craig Wilson, JD, MPA
Director, Health Policy
501-526-2244
cwilson@achi.net

 

Arkansas consistently ranks among U.S. states with the highest percentage of seniors facing a threat of hunger. Food insecurity occurs when seniors have limited access to adequate food due to a lack of financial resources and other limitations. Food-insecure seniors are more likely to experience negative health consequences compared to their foodsecure peers and to other age cohorts. This infographic provides an overview of the scope and impact of food insecurity among Arkansas’s seniors age 60 and older.

Key takeaways

  • Arkansas consistently ranks among U.S. states with the highest percentage of seniors facing a threat of hunger.
  • Nearly one-fifth of the 655,2803 Arkansas seniors experienced food insecurity in 2015.
  • Food-insecure seniors are more likely to experience negative health consequences compared to their foodsecure peers and to other age cohorts.
  • There are existing initiatives taking place to address senior hunger. More work can still be done to reduce senior hunger, including raising awareness about senior hunger through community events or on social media and providing transportation, such as bus routes, to allow for easier access to established markets.