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Latinos Suffering From Hunger

The U.S.D.A found alarming rates of "food insecurity"



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    Grocery store scanners need to be maintained, and guess who gets to pay for it.

    While many of us prepare for Thanksgiving dinner, a lot of food pantries are busier than others with more needy families this year. This is especially critical when it comes to Latino families, according to a new report.

    That report comes from the U.S.D.A, which found alarming rates of what they are calling "food insecurity".  The report says 1 in 6 Americans, particularly minorities, now live in food-insecure households.

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 26-percent of Latino households are suffering from hunger. That rate higher is than the national average versus nearly 15-percent for all other households.

    "Everybody's coming right now but we see more Latinos complaining about no jobs, no food,” said Guillermo Monje, Pastor for New Season’s Church.

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    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 26-percent of Latino households are suffering from hunger. When you consider the rate is 15 percent for all other households, that's a rate higher than the national average.
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    He says that is why donations to food distribution sites like New Season's Church in Spring Valley are much more critical.

    New Seasons partner’s with the San Diego Food Bank to provide families with food not only during the holiday season, but all year.

    Essentials like meat, bread, potatoes, even diapers go a long way for many families.

    Karla Lopez, a mother of two, says she is working part time but that her husband is having a tough time finding a job.

    Although it's not always easy for some families to ask for help, Lopez says she could not afford to hesitate.

    "Not when you have two kids it's not, you have to suck up your pride and get help,” said Lopez.
    Out of the nearly 8,500 households that New Season's Church has served in the past year, 33 percent of them were Latino.