Hunger and Poverty in the Latino Community

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

This fact sheet looks at the prevalence of hunger and poverty in the United States among Latinos. This is one of the groups that Bread for the World recognizes as being especially vulnerable to hunger and poverty.

Compared to the U.S. poverty rate of 12.7 percent, for example, 19.4 percent of Latinos, 30 percent of households headed by an undocumented person, and a startling 34.7 percent of female-headed Latino households are below the poverty line.

Hunger and Poverty in the Latino Community provides statistics and examines the factors that contribute to hunger and poverty in this community:

  • Unemployment, low wages, and seasonal work
  • Less access to quality and affordable education
  • Limited pathways to citizenship, legal status, and work authorization
  • Higher healthcare costs
  • Higher levels of incarceration and deportation
1 in 5 Latino households have at least one person going hungry at some point during the year.

USDA Economic Research Service

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