Latinos Twice as Likely to be Food Insecure
Latino households have twice as high a food insecurity rate (17.9%) than non-Hispanic white households (8.2%), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Acceso Hispano reports.
Food insecurity refers to the availability of food and a lack of access to it.
Acceso Hispano, reporting on a presentation by National Council of La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia, indicates that Latino homes with children have even higher rates of food insecurity (21.6%).
While the typical non-Hispanic White U.S. household spends $45 per person each week for food, Hispanic households spend 25% less, just $33 weekly per person.
A survey in the Journal of Nutrition found that some of the consequences of food insecurity include hunger pangs, fatigue, lack of concentration at school, low work capacity, stress, disrupted household dynamics, and distorted means of food acquisition and management.
Families will go to great lengths to keep their children from going hungry, which is why it is so alarming that many Latino children do not have adequate resources for a nutritious diet. Food insecure children are twice as likely to be in fair or poor health.
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