Nearly one in three Latinos goes hungry, although many of us simply aren’t aware of this crisis. If we want to end hunger, we need to get our community actively engaged…Hunger is a problem that can be solved.
– Alfredo Estrada, LATINO Magazine
Latinos in the US are disproportionately affected by poverty, hunger, unemployment and diet-related illness. They are more likely to receive emergency food assistance than their white, non-Hispanic peers and less likely to receive SNAP benefits. NO MAS HAMBRE, a nationwide initiative launched by LATINO Magazine and the AARP Foundation, aims to address these issues by raising awareness of hunger in the Latino community and encouraging Latinos to get involved.
In addition to hosting an annual summit in Washington DC, NO MAS HAMBRE organizes forums for Latino leaders, hunger relief experts, government officials, corporate executives and community members to discuss topics such as ways to join the fight against hunger, the importance of a healthy diet, food insecurity among Latino elderly and SNAP outreach. This year, forums have already been held in Los Angeles and Charlotte. Upcoming forums will take place in New York, Chicago, Miami and Houston.
WhyHunger’s Jessica Powers will be speaking at the New York NO MAS HAMBRE Forum. Other invited panelists and speakers include: José Calderon, President, Hispanic Federation Joel Berg, Executive Director, NYC Coalition Against Hunger Lisa Hines-Johnson, COO, Food Bank for NYC Christine Deska, Sr. Program Specialist, AARP NY
The event will be held from 12-2 PM on August 1 at the Hispanic Federation, 55 Exchange Pl. near Wall Street in New York City. It is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please contact Rafael Romero at [email protected] or 212-470-8700. For more information, visit NoMasHambre.com.