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