On November 2nd, 2022, Generations United released its 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report, titled, “Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies.” Created in collaboration with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), this year’s report takes a deeper look at food insecurity and the lack of supports among intergenerational kinship families.
The report finds that 25% of grandparent-headed households with grandchildren and no parent present experienced food insecurity. That is more than twice the national rate. However, only 42% of these families that have low income participated in SNAP to help address hunger.
The event honored Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) as a champion for both kinship caregivers and nutrition programs. A panel comprised of grandparents and grandchildren with lived expertise shared their personal experiences of food insecurity and urged policymakers to prioritize making improvements in food and nutrition programs to better serve children and the family members providing care.