New Survey On Hunger Reveals One In 10 Adults Goes Without A Basic Need To Provide Food For Another Family Member

  New Survey On Hunger Reveals One In 10 Adults Goes Without A Basic Need To
                    Provide Food For Another Family Member

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2012

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the past year, nearly
one-third of adults in America have either experienced lack of food or been
concerned about food insecurity among their family, friends, or neighbors.
Equally troubling, one in 10 adults went without a basic need (such as food,
medicine, or health care) in order to provide food for another family member.
Those are among the findings of a new poll commissioned by Generations United
and conducted by Harris Interactive.

Generations United released the survey results in a new report, Hunger and
Nutrition: What's at Stake for Children, Families & Older Adults, during an
event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The report notes that the
stakes are high, but that Americans are ready and willing to tackle the twin
issues of hunger and nutrition. Fully 70 percent of US adults agree that
policymakers should prevent cuts to existing federal food assistance programs
for children, youth, and older adults. Further, in communities across the
country, people are experimenting with innovative programs and services that
engage younger and older people to help ensure their families and neighbors
have access to healthy, nutritious food. 

"Before conducting the survey, we knew that the incidence of hunger had been
rising in the years since the economic downturn. Nevertheless, we were
disturbed to learn that so many adults are being forced to choose between
eating or buying medicine," said James Taylor, president of Sodexo, Inc.'s
Senior Living Division and a member of Generations United's Board of
Directors. "People should never have to choose between such basic needs. Nor
should they have to worry that someone close to them lacks access to
nutritious food. We're a large and prosperous country and we must address this
issue head on, for the good of us all."

Among the speakers at the press event were two members of Congress – Rep. Rosa
DeLauro (CT-3rd) and Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-3rd) – and Joan Lombardi, an
internationally recognized expert on early childhood and author of Time to
Care: Redesigning Child Care to Promote Education, Support Families and Build
Communities. Darren Gersh, Washington Bureau Chief for PBS' Nightly Business
Report, moderated a panel discussion on hunger. Panelists included: Evelyn
Crayton, assistant director, Family & Consumer Science, Auburn University;
Robert Egger, founder of DC Central Kitchen, president of LA Kitchen;and Jim
Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).

The report offers recommendations for ways policymakers, employers, and others
can address the needs of people who are hungry or at risk of being food
insecure. Among the recommendations: develop measures that support employment
for low-income families (such as providing workforce training and allowing
work-sharing); clear pathways to benefits so people can access programs more
easily; modify age-restricted federal food programs to incorporated integrated
intergenerational approaches; and promote coordination across federal
nutrition programs to better serve family members of all ages. The report
also features profiles of several innovative programs that bring people of all
ages together to fight hunger.

"The benefits of taking an intergenerational approach to issues, such as
hunger, cannot be overstated," said Donna Butts, executive director of
Generations United. "Hunger knows no age limits, and its eradication will
require people of all ages working together to find solutions. This [Hunger
and Nutrition] report offers important examples of such efforts. It's
heartening to see the deep connections older and younger generations make as
they work together on a common goal. At Generations United, we believe
policies fragmented by age cause problems that can only be solved when we
address them across age groups, and this report certainly bears that out."

"With this report, we want our policymakers to see all sides of the hunger
issue: who's hungry; why people are unable to afford nutritious food; how
individuals and communities are coping; and what the various sectors of
society need to do to help."

To read the full report, view the Executive Summary, or see a related
infographic, visit www.gu.org.

The National Press Club event was co-sponsored by DC Central Kitchen, Feeding
America, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Share Our Strength.The
event was made possible by the support of Atlantic Philanthropies, AARP,
Matz,Blancato, & Associates and MetLife Mature Market Institute.

About Generations United: Formed in 1986, Generations United is the national
membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children,
youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and
public policies. Representing more than 100 national, state, and local
organizations and individuals representing more than 70 million Americans,
Generations United serves as a resource for educating policymakers and the
public about the economic, social, and personal imperatives of
intergenerational cooperation. For more information, visit www.gu.org.

* Survey Methodology

Harris Interactive® fielded the study on behalf of Generations United from
September 24-26, 2012 via its Harris Poll QuickQuery(SM) online omnibus
service, interviewing a nationwide sample of 2,397 U.S. residents age 18 years
or older; 303 respondents from this survey sought or received food assistance
in the past 12 months. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education,
region, household income, and age of children in the household were weighted
where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the
population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for
respondents' propensity to be online.

SOURCE Generations United

Website: http://www.gu.org
Contact: Colleen Appleby-Carroll, Generations United, +1-202-289-3979,
ccarroll@gu.org