Migrant and seasonal farmworker food insecurity: Prevalence, impact, risk factors, and coping strategies

Elizabeth Kiehne, Natasha Mendoza

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Abstract

In the United States, nearly 15% of the general population is considered food insecure; ethnic minorities, particularly Latinos, experience disproportionately higher rates. Food insecurity is particularly endemic among the migrant and seasonal farmworker population. This article systematically reviews current knowledge related to the prevalence of food insecurity among migrant and seasonal farmworkers. The impact, risk factors, and coping strategies of food insecurity are also presented. The authors argue for targeted social work efforts at mezzo-and macrolevels and make recommendations aimed at the prevention and amelioration of food insecurity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-409
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 29 2015

Keywords

  • Farmworker
  • food insecurity
  • hunger
  • USDA Food Security Survey Module

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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