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International Hunger Organization calls on Congress to protect Nutrition Programs

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By Evelyn C. Castillo October 31, 2013
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grocery shoppingFederal government nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program have kept millions of Hispanics out of hunger and Congress should take action to protect these, according to Bread for the World, a hunger relief non-profit organization.

The organization released a fact sheet earlier this month that highlights the alarming statistics surrounding Latinos and hunger. According to Bread for the World, more than one in four Latino families experience food insecurity—the highest rate among any demographic in the country, and Latino families with children struggle even more to put food on the table—nearly one in three.

Those statistics could be worse if it weren’t for programs like SNAP and WIC.

In addition to the programs, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) have also helped Latino families put food on the table, says the organization. Citing a White House Report, the organization says that 3.7 million Latino families, including 8 million children, benefit from the EITC and the CTC.

“Recent budget negotiations have put all of these programs at risk of deep cuts. It is critical that Congress form a circle of protection for hungry and poor people in the upcoming deficit reduction and farm bill debates,” the organization states.

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