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When the Pantry Is Bare: Emergency Food Assistance and Hispanic Children

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Noon–1:30 p.m. ET

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• Guillermina Jasso, professor of sociology, New York University
• Julie Moreno, policy analyst for childhood obesity, Domestic Policy Council, Executive Office of the President
• Carlos Rodriguez, vice president of agency relations & benefit access, Food Bank for New York City
• Michele Salcedo, desk editor, Washington bureau, Associated Press; president, National Association of Hispanic Journalists (moderator)
• Sheila Zedlewski, director, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute

Last year, 14 million children (1 in 5 children in the United States) lived in a family that used emergency food assistance through Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of emergency food providers. Hispanic and black children received help at rates about triple that of white children, reflecting greater poverty rates for minorities.

Hispanic Heritage Month offers a fitting opportunity to examine the economic status of Hispanic children. Presenting new findings from Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2010 study, this forum will examine economic need among Hispanic families, the role of private food assistance in supplementing the government’s nutrition safety net, and ways to increase income and reduce food insecurity during this recession and beyond.

- Bios (pdf)
- Emergency Food Assistance Helps Many Low-Income Hispanic Children (link)
- Low-Income Hispanic Children Need both Private and Public Food Assistance (link)

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