Latino communities experience hunger at a much higher rate

Latino communities experience unique challenges and are more likely to face hunger than non-Hispanic white communities. In 2020, more than 19% of all Latinos in the United States was food insecure.

Latino communities are facing greater economic hardship during the pandemic and are more vulnerable to hunger

  • Racial prejudice and language, education, and cultural barriers create inequalities that make Latino communities more vulnerable to food insecurity.
  • Due to the coronavirus pandemic, food insecurity among Latinos rose from almost 16% in 2019 to more than 19% in 2020. Latinos were 2.5 times more likely to experience food insecurity than white individuals.
  • Latino workers, especially Latinas, are more likely to be employed in the leisure and hospitality industries that have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Workers in these industries continue to face the highest unemployment rate.
  • According to the Census, Latinos make up 28% of the people living in poverty in the United States. However, Latinos make up only 19% of the total population of the United States.

To address food insecurity in Latino communities, Feeding America is working with national organizations such as UnidosUS to meet local needs and address the root causes of inequality.