Original Paper

Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 111-123

Understanding Food Insecurity Among Latino Immigrant Families in Rural America

  • Yoshie SanoAffiliated withDepartment of Human Development, Washington State University Vancouver Email author 
  • , Steven GaraskyAffiliated withDepartment of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University
  • , Kimberly A. GrederAffiliated withDepartment of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University
  • , Christine C. CookAffiliated withDepartment of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University
  • , Dawn E. BrowderAffiliated withDepartment of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University

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Abstract

Using ecological theory, this study investigated how low-income rural Latino immigrant families succeeded or failed to meet their food needs over time. Interviews with ten families purposively selected to represent consistently food secure, fragile, and consistently food insecure groups were intensively analyzed using a case study approach. Achieving and maintaining food security was a complicated task and a constant struggle for families. Success or failure was influenced by factors at multiple ecological levels including family characteristics, access to social networks and community support, and the local economy. These findings can inform practitioners and policymakers seeking to identify strategies and policies that will support Latino immigrant families as they work toward improving their well-being.

Keywords

Food insecurity Latino immigrants Low-income Rural