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Nevada ranks 10th on report about senior hunger

Nevada ranks 10th on report about senior hunger

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED May 4, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A report released today ranks Nevada number 10 in the nation when it comes to the number of senior citizens facing the threat of hunger.

The "Senior Hunger in America 2010: An Annual Report" is issued by the Meals on Wheels Research Foundation. The report was prepared by Dr. James P. Ziliak of the University of Kentucky and Dr. Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois.

According to the annual report, the 10 states with the highest rates of senior citizens facing the threat of hunger are:

Mississippi -- 21.53%
New Mexico -- 21.24
Arkansas -- 19.42
Texas -- 18.14
Tennessee -- 17.57
Alabama -- 17.29
Georgia -- 17.12
South Carolina -- 17.10
Florida -- 16.64
Nevada -- 16.50

The "Senior Hunger Report Card," also issued by the MOWRF, examined America's progress in eight categories and assigned grades including the following:

A grade of "F" was given for overall performance. According to the report, 8.3 million seniors in the United States faced the threat of hunger in 2010. This reflects a 78% increase since 2001.

Other categories receiving an "F" included economics, women's studies, and ethics.

Other grades include: a “D-” for Geography, a “D+” for Multicultural Studies, a “C-” for Home Economic and an Incomplete for Health & Physical Education.

The opinion's expressed in the "Senior Hunger Report Card" were based on the "Senior Hunger in America 2010: An Annual Report."

Formed in 1995, the Meals on Wheels Research Foundation is the only research entity of its kind focused exclusively on the areas of senior hunger and senior nutrition in the United States.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.