El Hambre y la Pobreza en la Comunidad Hispana

September 15, 2017
Latino children are nearly twice as likely to lack access to sufficient nutritious food as non-Latino white children. Photo: Bread for the World

Hay 56 millones de hispanos en Estados Unidos. Algunos son nacidos aquí, mientras que otros son originarios de México, Centroamérica, o Sudamérica. Los hispanos son culturalmente y ra-cialmente diversos, y varían en su estado legal como residentes de Estados Unidos.

Sin embargo, como grupo, los hispanos son más propensos que otras personas a vivir en la pobreza y a carecer de acceso regular y fiable a alimentos necesarios para la buena salud. Los hispanos también son más propensos a recibir sueldos por debajo del mínimo, y a trabajar y vivir en condiciones subestándar.

Las tasas elevadas de hambre y pobreza entre los hispanos son resultados directos de la discriminación de raza, género, y estado migratorio. Comparado con la tasa nacional de pobreza de 12.7 por ciento, el 19.4 por ciento de los latinos, 30 por ciento de familias encabezadas por una persona indocumentada, y un sorprendente 34.7 por ciento de familias latinas encabezadas por mujeres viven debajo de la línea de pobreza.

1 de cada 5 familias latinas tiene por lo menos un miembro padeciendo hambre en algún momento del año.

USDA Economic Research Service

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