U.S. Latinos: Food Insecurity
December 20, 2006 Leave a comment
As reported by the
BBC and based recent studies:
Latinos are the biggest single minority group in the United States.
The study said the “food insecurity” rate of Hispanics is nearly as high as that of non-Hispanic blacks.
It is substantially greater than that of non-Hispanic
whites, of whom only about 5% suffer from limited access to nutritious
food, according to US government statistics.
“Lack of access to resources is forcing far too many
Latino families into choices no-one should have to make, such as
between having a roof over their heads or putting food on the table,”
said Janet Murguia, NCLR President and CEO.
“A lack of affordable, nutritious food also has
devastating health consequences, such as increasing hunger and obesity,
affecting not only the Latino community, but the well-being of our
One of the authors of the study, Jennifer Ng’andu, said
the Latino community was “practically invisible” when it came to the
issues of hunger and malnutrition in the US.