WITH HUNGER ACTION MONTH
In America, hunger tends to be thought of as a minimal problem, but one in six Americans – and one in five children in the U.S. – are dealing with a very real hunger problem. Upwards of 15 percent of Americans live in food insecure households, where a lack of money and/or resources means there isn’t consistent access to quality food and nutrition.
1:3 Latinos report going hungry
56% of eligible Latinos enrolled in SNAP program
80% of Latinos are overweight or obese
14.2% of Latinos have two or more chronic diseases.
What can you do to help combat this issue?
ALCREJ is helping the Latino community eat healthy and nutritious food on a budget. Through the support of National Council of La Raza, ALCREJ is working to help families apply for SNAP formally called food stamps. It is important that families take advantage of this opportunity. Families are not asking for a favor, it is a benefit their US born children has. The immigration status of parents does not affect benefits of US born children. We are educating our community through charlas (community discussions) to assist them make healthy food choices. We have demonstrated to families how they can shop for a family of 4 with $5.00.