No Mas Hambre Forum to Address Hunger Among Latinos

Community leaders convene at Homeboy Industries to get the community actively engaged, March 21

By Anai Ibarra
Published on LatinoLA: March 20, 2013

No Mas Hambre Forum to Address Hunger Among Latinos

More than one in four Latinos in the country experience food insecurity, the highest rate of any other demographic in America and despite efforts to reach those in need, low-income Latino households remain underserved in accessing federal nutrition programs. Yet for many Latinos, this overwhelming health disparity remains a dark secret and hunger in the Latino community is rarely discussed.

On the face of this reality, Latino Magazine, with the support of AARP Foundation, has been addressing this lack of awareness and engagement through an initiative called NO MAS HAMBRE (No More Hunger in English) which holds a series of panels discussions throughout different cities with large Latino populations and finishes with a NO MAS HAMBRE Summit in Washington, DC at the end of the year. The panel discussion in Los Angeles will bring together Latino community leaders, hunger relief experts, government officials, corporate executives, and ordinary people to help build a Latino anti-hunger agenda for the city of Los Angeles.

"Nearly one in four Latinos go hungry," said LATINO Publisher Alfredo Estrada, "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."

As a way of creating workable answers to food insecurity among elder Latinos, AARP Foundation recently entered a three-year, million-dollar grant agreement with Robert Egger, and his new venture, L.A. Kitchen. "Robert Egger's success in fighting hunger in our nation's capital led AARP Foundation to pursue this latest endeavor with great enthusiasm. We are looking forward to working with L.A. Kitchen and No Mas Hambre to improve the lives of struggling older Latino adults in Los Angeles as the work we do continues to focus on empowering and connecting seniors with resources they may need," said Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Foundation President.

"AARP Foundation is the perfect founding partner for this effort," said Robert Egger. "The leadership and Board share my sense of excitement about the vision for the L.A. Kitchen, but also my sense of urgency over the need to elevate one overarching idea--how will we value older Americans."

WHAT: AARP Foundation and LATINO Magazine present a NO MAS HAMBRE Forum, a nationwide initiative which aims to raise awareness of hunger in the Latino community and encourage Latinos to get involved. The Forum will present ways to join the fight against hunger and cover the importance of a healthy diet, food insecurity among Latino elderly, and federal assistance programs outreach like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) and other topics. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

WHERE: Homeboy Industries, 130 W. Bruno St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Complimentary food and refreshments will be served courtesy of Homegirl Caf?®.

WHO: Councilmember Jose Huizar, Los Angeles City Council District 14
Robert Egger, Founder, L.A. Kitchen
Veronica Vargas, Director of External Affairs, Homeboy Industries
Marianne Haver Hill, CEO, Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND)
Don Herring, Senior Services Director, YWCA of San Gabriel Valley
Hiram Lopez-Landin, AARP Foundation
Martin Castro, CEO, Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF)

NO MAS HAMBRE is made possible with the support of partners such as the AARP Foundation, AARP California, Homeboy Industries, LA Kitchen, MEND, YWCA of San Gabriel, NALEO, MAOF and others.

For more information, go to To RSVP, please contact Evelyn Castillo at

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