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'Til Death Do I Wait: Experiences of Food Insecurity Among Elders on the Meals on Wheels Waiting List

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2014
Abstract/Description:
Food insecurity is not a new phenomenon experienced by elderly persons living in the United States. In a recent report by Feeding America, approximately 4.8 million Americans over the age of 60 are food insecure, which has doubled since 2001, and is 50% higher than in 2007. Due to lack of funding to the program, Meals on Wheels by Seniors First is unable to give meals to seniors in the Central Florida area who are food insecure. Through structured face-to-face interviews, this study examines elders on the program's waiting list and explores how this population obtains food if they are not being served through the program. Findings suggest that seniors on the waiting list are in need of the resource for survival, not convenience. This study has strong implications in which additional funding is needed as the Baby Boomer population ages and the need for food programs increases.
Title: 'Til Death Do I Wait: Experiences of Food Insecurity Among Elders on the Meals on Wheels Waiting List.
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Name(s): Gualtieri, Marie, Author
Donley, Amy, Committee Chair
Gay, David, Committee Member
Wright, James, Committee Member
, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Food insecurity is not a new phenomenon experienced by elderly persons living in the United States. In a recent report by Feeding America, approximately 4.8 million Americans over the age of 60 are food insecure, which has doubled since 2001, and is 50% higher than in 2007. Due to lack of funding to the program, Meals on Wheels by Seniors First is unable to give meals to seniors in the Central Florida area who are food insecure. Through structured face-to-face interviews, this study examines elders on the program's waiting list and explores how this population obtains food if they are not being served through the program. Findings suggest that seniors on the waiting list are in need of the resource for survival, not convenience. This study has strong implications in which additional funding is needed as the Baby Boomer population ages and the need for food programs increases.
Identifier: CFE0005175 (IID), ucf:50667 (fedora)
Note(s): 2014-05-01
M.A.
Sciences, Sociology
Masters
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Subject(s): Elderly -- Seniors -- Food Insecurity -- Senior Hunger -- Home Delievered Meal Programs
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0005175
Restrictions on Access: public 2014-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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