Reports from the Urban Institute

Emergency Food Assistance Helps Many Low-Income Hispanic Children
Michael Martinez-Schiferl, Sheila R. Zedlewski
In 2009, nearly 1 in every 5 children in the United States lived in families that used emergency food assistance through Feeding America, the nation’s largest organization of emergency food providers. Higher shares of Hispanic and black children used emergency food assistance than white children, reflecting their higher rates of poverty. While the majority of families using emergency food assistance also accessed at least one of the federal nutrition assistance programs, only one in four received food stamps. The high demand for private food assistance demonstrates the extreme need in 2009 caused by high unemployment and poverty.
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Low-Income Hispanic Children Need both Private and Public Food Assistance
Michael Martinez-Schiferl, Sheila R. Zedlewski
Families that use emergency food assistance often also get help from federal nutrition programs. Hispanic families less often receive help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) than families of other racial/ethnic groups placing them at greater nutritional risk. Families that do not receive SNAP benefits often think that their income, assets or citizenship status makes them ineligible. The broad use of food banks and pantries among low-income families with children demonstrates unmet nutritional needs and confirms that enhancements to the federal nutrition safety net are needed.
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Poverty in the United States, September 16, 2010
Austin Nichols
The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that the poverty rate jumped to 14.3 percent in 2009, up from 13.2 percent in 2008. This 15-year high still understates the dire straits of many Americans today.
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