Latino Population Suffers Most from Hunger in Current Economy
By K Price on September 21, 2012
© US Daily Review
One of the groups that are in major play for the 2012 election is the Latin population. Barack Obama’s campaign has acted very confident he will get their vote in 2012, but Mitt Romney also has them on his radar screen. In light of a new study, Hispanics have considerable reason to “think twice” in their voting.
Bread for the World released its annual analysis of hunger and poverty in the Latino community. The analysis shows Hispanic families are more likely to suffer from hunger and poverty than any other group.
“It is unacceptable that one in three Hispanic children is at risk of hunger in the world’s wealthiest nation,” said Ricardo Moreno, Bread for the World’s national associate for Latino relations. “People must become aware of the pressing need to end hunger in this country, especially among Hispanics, who are now more than 16 percent of the population.”
Thirty-four percent of Latino households with children struggle to put food on the table, according to "Hunger and Poverty in the Hispanic Community", compared to about 22 percent of U.S. households with children overall. And a “shocking 36 percent of all Hispanic children live in poverty, compared to 25 percent of U.S. children overall,” according to the study.
These figures could be much worse if it were not for government safety net programs. Federal nutrition programs like SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps), WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), and school meal programs have helped keep more people from going hungry, despite the nation’s soaring poverty and unemployment rates.
According to a White House report, 3.7 million Latino families, including 8 million children, benefit from the EITC and the CTC.