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A volunteer at a food bank in Santa Barbara County, Calif., fills up a car with groceries in April. Photo: Daniel Dreifuss/Bloomberg via Getty Images

One in five Latino households with children in the U.S. had to skip meals during 2020, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

State of play: Latino and Black households were more likely not to have enough to eat during 2020 than they were in 2019, per USDA’s annual Household Food Security report.

  • Food insecurity, the lack of consistent and dependable access to enough meals, also rose for Hispanic individuals without children.
  • However, the report states food insecurity overall in the U.S. and for white non-Hispanic households remained steady compared to 2019 levels, to a large extent because of federal aid and food banks.

Of note: Latino and Latina workers are more likely to depend on jobs in the hospitality and other industries that were greatly affected by the pandemic, leaving many unemployed and unable to afford some meals.

  • In metropolitan areas like D.C. many of the Latinos who visited food banks were still employed, yet unable because of expenses to get enough food on the table.
  • The end of pandemic unemployment benefits last week could mean more Hispanic people in the U.S. will need food banks.

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John Frank, author of Denver
Oct 19, 2021 - Axios Denver

How the pandemic impacted Latinos in Colorado

Data: MOE +/- 3.1%; Chart: John Frank/Axios

A new poll released today finds the COVID-19 pandemic took a particularly hard toll on Latino families in Colorado.

By the numbers: 6 in 10 said they lost a job or saw their work hours cut, while nearly as many reported difficulty paying bills.

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FDA authorizes mix-and-match for COVID booster shots

Photo: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Wednesday gave its approval for Americans to get booster shots that are different from the COVID vaccine they initially received.

Why it matters: The recommendation from the FDA, which also authorized booster shots for people who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Wednesday, paves the way for an expansion of booster shots.

GOP congressman forfeits committee seats after indictment

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) on Wednesday stepped down from his committee assignments after being indicted for lying to federal investigators amid a probe into illegal campaign donations.

What they're saying: In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Fortenberry said he is "grateful for the outpouring of support from my friends and colleagues as we work against the injustice confronting me."

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