Feeding America Pilots New Initiatives to Reach Latinos Eligible for SNAP

Last Modified: 11/05/2013
Date: 
02/15/2012

Feeding America, the Nation's largest network of Food Banks, has been an active partner in fighting hunger for many years. USDA has partnered with Feeding America on a variety of initiatives to make sure that those in need have access to the food and nutrition programs that can help during difficult times. Feeding America's work with Latinos contributes to USDA's goal of reaching more Latino families with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

A Feeding America study funded by the ConAgra Foods Foundation found that 1 out of every 3 Latino children in America receives emergency food assistance from the Feeding America network. While emergency food is a critical resource for many Latino families, this research also found that Latino households are significantly less likely to utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the cornerstone of the federal nutrition safety-net.

In response to this research, the ConAgra Foods Foundation is generously supporting Feeding America in piloting an initiative to increase participation in SNAP amongst Latino households. Feeding America is excited to announce that the following five food banks will be participating in this pilot project:

  • Island Harvest in Mineola, NY
  • Treasure Coast Food Bank in Fort Pierce, FLc
  • St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix, AZ
  • FIND Food Bank in Indio, CA
  • San Antonio Food Bank in San Antonio, TX

Over the next year, these food banks will be working with local community partners and volunteers to raise awareness about SNAP and provide application assistance to Latino families in their local communities. Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. To learn more please visit www.feedingamerica.org.

Latina woman buying milk at a WIC grocery in Chicago Please contact Eileen Hyde at ehyde@feedingamerica.org with questions about this project.