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. One in six Latinos in the United States is 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.
  • Before the pandemic, Latinos were almost twice as likely to face food insecurity than non-Hispanic, white individuals with 19% of Latino children at risk for hunger.
  • 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.