Latino Hunger Facts
I'm honestly just seeking help, not a free a ride for the rest of my life. Just help.
Pricilla, a Navy veteran, can't afford childcare, and so she takes care of her daughters on her own — which keeps her from working full-time. Her local food pantry helps put food on the table and provides hope for her daughters' futures.
Despite being more likely to be in the labor force and employed, Latinos experience higher food-insecurity rates than the general population.
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