Latino community launches campaign to fight hunger

Latino community launches campaign to fight hunger

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 5:40 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fighting hunger in the Latino community was the goal Thursday as community and business leaders gathered at the Shamrock Senior Center. It’s part of the No Mas Hambre, or No More Hunger, campaign.

Today Lauro doesn't have to worry about going hungry. As an elderly man who is disabled, he's been out of work for three years.  So places like the Shamrock Senior Center save his life by providing him meals.
 
"I'm looking for other work, to be able to work for my food, to be able to help the next person, not just for me," said Lauro.
 
He's here as an example of the elderly Latino community in need, that many times doesn't have access to the needed resources.
 
"Nearly one third of all Latinos in this community face food insecurity; many simply don't know about this issue in our community," said Latino Magazine publisher, Alfredo Estrada.
 
So Latino Magazine along with AARP North Carolina has launched the ‘No Mas Hambre’, or ‘No More Hunger’ campaign involving Latino organizations like Astrid Chirinos with the Charlotte Latin American Chamber of Commerce.
 
“We are right now very focused in supporting this effort because it impacts economic development across the board," said Chirinos.
 
Other groups like Second Harvest Food Bank, the Latin American Women's Association also joined in
to learn more about how they can help. Chirinos says it's not just about the elderly, but the next growing generation also.
 
"In about five years or so they're going to be out in our workforce and it's our choice if we want them to be productive or if they're going to be homeless and hungry," said Chirinos.
 
"I'm so thankful for the people who work to help,” said Lauro.
 
Lauro says he couldn't survive without help and hopes others can benefit as well.
 
You can learn more about the campaign by going to www.nomashambre.com

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