Bread for the World Expert to Speak at Latino Hunger Conference
Washington, DC, May 13, 2011
Ricardo Moreno, Bread for the World’s national organizer for Latino relations, will be among several panelists at the upcoming No Mas Hámbre (Hunger No More) conference May 17, 2011, in Washington, DC.
Moreno will address poverty and hunger issues among Latinos in the United States and will brief participants on Bread for the World’s efforts to end hunger at home and abroad. He will also discuss the impact potential budget proposals will have on hungry and poor people.
“It’s important that the Latino community has a voice in the current budget debate,” said Moreno. “As Congress considers cuts that could have a devastating impact on programs that assist the needy, we need to let our lawmakers know they should reduce the deficit but not on the backs of poor people.”
In the United States, hunger and poverty rates among Latinos are higher than in the general population. More than one in four Latino households—26.9 percent—struggles to put food on the table, compared to 14.6 percent of all households. Latinos are also disproportionately affected by poverty. Latino children represent a growing share of all poor children, with 33.1 percent—or 5.6 million—living in poverty.
“People need to 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,” Moreno said. “These forums help us create awareness and develop synergy to lobby for change and speak on behalf of the needy, particularly those who are hungry and poor.”
Hunger No More seeks to raise community awareness about hunger issues among Latinos. The conference will be a meeting place for community leaders, government officials, and the general public to unite efforts, share hope, and discuss ways to end hunger.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118