Latino Children and Poverty
The Latino population in the United States has nearly doubled in the past decade and continues to grow. Young Latinos are the youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States. About one-third, or 17.9 million, of the nation’s Latino population, is younger than 18, and about a quarter, or 14.6 million, of all Latinos, are Millennials (ages 18 to 33 in 2014), according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Nearly six-in-ten Hispanics are Millennials or younger.
Currently, Latino communities are disproportionately impacted by food insecurity, poverty, and unemployment. They are also less likely to receive support through federal nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and are at greater risk of developing diet-related illnesses. More than one in five (22 percent) Latino households are food insecure compared to just one in 10 (11 percent) of Caucasian households. The National Latino Children’s Institute will continue to work on the issue of poverty and its impact on health among young Latinos.
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