Our Latino communities are struggling with hunger at a much higher rate

Latino families face hunger at staggering rates in America. One in five Latino households in the United States struggle with hunger. For Latino children, the disparity is even more severe. Nearly 1 in 4 Latino children are at risk of hunger, compared to 13% of White, non-Hispanic children.

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Real Story of Hunger: Meet Priscilla

Priscilla is a Navy veteran who lives with her two young daughters in El Paso, Texas. Priscilla can’t afford childcare so she takes care of her daughters on her own — which keeps her from working full-time. But with the help of her local food bank, she can ensure the same thing all mothers want: A chance for her children to have a healthy and happy future. By providing meals to families like Priscilla’s, the Feeding America network of food banks is helping to fight Latino hunger every single day.

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Hard work isn’t always enough for Latino families

As the Latino population continues to grow, the need to reach households facing hunger becomes more urgent by the day. In fact, 20% of the people we serve come from Latino households. And even though the Latino population is working hard to get ahead, daily challenges still exist:

  • 81% of Latino households with children who use the Feeding America network of food banks have at least one family member working
  • Latinos are less likely to receive help from federal nutrition programs like SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) — compounding the threat of hunger
  • Latinos are at greater risk of developing diet-related illnesses — making healthy food options even more important

For a more in-depth look at how hunger affects Latino communities, download our Latino Hunger Fact Sheet ›

The Feeding America network fights hunger among Latinos every single day

Nine million Latino adults, seniors and children — more than 1 in 6 in the U.S. — are served by Feeding America member food banks each year. But it’s not enough. To continue to get more food to more people in need and create stronger communities for us all, we need your help.

Give to Feeding America today

Every dollar donated helps the Feeding America network of food banks secure and distribute at least 10 meals to people facing hunger — including Latino families that need our help, like Priscilla and her daughters.

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