From the USDA.gov website:
In 2006, about 56 percent of people in SNAP eligible households with a Hispanic head participated in the program. People in Hispanic-headed households represent a more than one-quarter of eligible people who do not participate.
The bottom line is that while about 15 percent of households in the United States were food insecure at some time during 2008, the rate of food insecurity among Hispanic families was over 25 percent.
USDA is making a concerted effort to address barriers to program participation among eligible Hispanics, including immigrants.
So how do they intend to increase participation of Hispanics in the food stamp program. Under their very own article, they say they will:
- partner with Mexico
- make application easier for Non-English speakers
They say they have already entered in a partnership with Mexico to inform Mexican nationals (including illegal immigrants) living in the United States about the availability of food stamps. And online resources are going to be mandated they be in non English languages.
The partnership — which was signed by former USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista in 2004 — sees to it that the Mexican Embassy and Mexican consulates in America provide USDA nutrition assistance program information to Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals working in America and migrant communities in America.