Enriching Nutrition Programs to Better Serve the Needs of a Diversifying Aging Population

Tina R. Sadarangani, Jeannette M. Beasley, Stella S. Yi, Joshua Chodosh

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Racial minorities experience a high burden of food insecurity relative to non-Hispanic whites. Government-subsidized nutrition programs can positively impact food insecurity and nutritional risk among older adults. Yet, in New York City, where nearly 60% of people over 65 years are non-white, older minorities participate in government nutrition programs at very low rates. In this commentary, we focus on 2 programs: the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Older Americans Act Nutrition Services Programs. We identify opportunities for strengthening these programs to improve their reach and engagement with diverse older adults in New York City and similarly diverse urban communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-105
Number of pages6
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • cultural sensitivity
  • food insecurity
  • older adults
  • racial/ethnic minorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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