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Food insecurity prominent among low-income California Latinos

  • Author(s): Kaiser, Lucia L.
  • Martin, Anna C.
  • Metz, Diane L.
  • Nicholson, Yvonne
  • Fujii, Mary Lavender
  • Lamp, Cathi L.
  • Townsend, Marilyn S.
  • Crawford, Patricia B.
  • Melgar-Quiñonez, Hugo
  • et al.
Abstract

Food security is defined as access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. In a study of 212 low-income Latino households in California, 45% were food insecure without hunger; 13% food insecure with moderate hunger; and 3% food insecure with severe hunger. Food insecurity was associated with a decline in household supplies of both nutritious and less nutritious foods. Among preschool children, the number of servings per day of all food groups was significantly correlated with household food supplies. A strong safety net to improve food security in low-income populations must include educational strategies and provision of nutritious foods to support a good diet at home and away from home.

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