U.S. Department of Agriculture Every Day, Every Way La Mesa Completa: USDA’s Outreach to the Latino Community Food and Nutrition Service with the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
Building partnerships betweengovernment, faith-based, and neighborhood organizations to better serve individuals, families, and communities USDA’s Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
Why are we concerned? Latinos comprise the nation’s hungriest demographic: More than 1 in 4 (26.9%) Latinos are food insecure. Latinos have the highest rate of food insecure households with children. Hispanics are disproportionately affected by food-related health disparities: One in three Hispanics are obese. Hispanic children are more likely to be overweight/obese and more likely to die of diabetes. Hispanics access nutrition assistance at the lowest rates: Hispanic participation in SNAP is 10% lower than the national average (56% compared to 66%). Among food bank participants, only 41% of Hispanic families participate in SNAP, a rate significantly lower than black and white families.
Hispanic Households by Food Security Status, 2009 Food insecure – 26.9% 3.6 million households With low food security – 17.6 % 2.4 million households Food secure: 73.1 % 9.9 million households With very low food security – 9.3 % 1.3 million households
USDA’s “Hunger Hotspots” Los Angeles/San Bernardino Phoenix Rio Grande Valley Chicago Miami New York/New Jersey
La Mesa Completa USDA’s Outreach to the Latino Community
USDA’S Message: An Invitation La Mesa Completa • USDA is committed to lowering food insecurity among Hispanics by providing access to adequate quantity and quality of food and nutrition. • USDA invites Latinos to have a seat at the decision-making table in the national discussion of food and nutrition issues affecting the Hispanic community. • USDA programs can provide the food and nutrition assistance Latinos need to set a full table for their families.
La Mesa Completa Do you know someone who… Have you told them about the… Is having trouble providing meals for their child when school is out? Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Children can receive free meals during the summer when school is out!
La Mesa Completa Do you know someone who… Have you told them about the… Needs groceries? Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
La Mesa Completa Do you know someone who… Have you told them about the… Cannot afford dinner? Does not have after school snacks for their child or an older family member? Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
La Mesa Completa Do you know someone who… Have you told them about the… Is pregnant or nursing? Does not have access to nutritious food? Needs prenatal care? Is not connected to a health care provider? Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
La Mesa Completa Do you know someone who Have you told them about… Wants to know how to eat healthfully? Or how to feed a family nutritious meals? MiPlato
La Mesa Completa Partnerships Success Story: Eve Nuñez and Help 4 Kidz
La Mesa Completa Partnerships Success Story: Catholic Charities
La Mesa Completa Partnerships Success Story: Miami Pastors
La Mesa Completa Faith & Communities America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids In November 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama challenged faith-based and community organizations to host 1,000 new summer feeding program sites.
Healthy Eating Use MyPlate for your community and congregational meals Host nutrition education classes Affordable, Accessible Food Grow healthy food for your community by starting a garden Feed kids over the summer Ready to get started? Visit www.letsmove. gov/communities Physical Activity Host a weekly exercise activity for your community or congregation
!A Moverse! Start moving by launching Let's Move! activities to improve the wellness of your community!
Helpful Resources La Mesa Completa • FNS Latino Outreach • National Hunger Clearing House 1-877-8HAMBRE • Let’s Move Faith and Communities Toolkit • MyPlate Community Toolkit • New webpage: www.letsmove.gov/communities USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships email@example.com 202-720-2032
La Mesa Completa ¡Gracias porsucompromiso! Roxana Ulloa Barillas Deputy Director Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships U.S. Department of Agriculture Roxana.Barillas@osec.usda.gov 202-720-2032