Study shows food insecurity problem in Kentucky

KENTUCKY — A new study is shedding light on a growing problem for people in Kentucky, food insecurity.

Food insecurity is when a person doesn’t have the ability to get food whenever they need it.

An organization called Feeding Kentucky says the state has the highest rate of food insecurity in the nation for people in their 50s.

This is based off the study “Hunger Among Adults Age 50-59 in 2017” done by Feeding America.

The study showed that 18.6% of people in Kentucky between the ages of 50-59 don’t have enough access to food.

That’s more than 7% higher than the national average.

For seniors in Kentucky, the rate is 8.4%. That is almost a full percentage point higher than the national average.

Researchers say there are several factors that play a role in food insecurity, including where you live and how much money you make.

You can see the full Feeding America study below.