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Families in Context

Food Insecurity Among Hispanic Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Households With Children

Brewer, Mackenzie PhD; Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert PhD; Denney, Justin T. PhD

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000236
Original Articles

Using restricted, geo-coded Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-2011 data (N = 2700) linked with 3 sources of contextual data, we examine whether a comprehensive set of individual, household, and county-level characteristics explains disparities in household food insecurity between Hispanic children of foreign- and US-born parents. Adjusting for individual, household, and county-level characteristics does not eliminate the higher odds of household food insecurity among Hispanic children in immigrant families, especially of Mexican origin. Moreover, growth in the noncitizen population at the county level is associated with food insecurity among Hispanic families, though the impact differs by parental nativity.

Department of Sociology, Baylor University, Waco, Texas (Dr Brewer); Department of Sociology, Rice University, Houston, Texas (Dr Kimbro); and Department of Sociology, Washington State University, Pullman (Dr Denney).

Correspondence: Mackenzie Brewer, PhD, Department of Sociology, Baylor University, One Bear Place no. 97326, Waco, TX 76798 (

The authors thank the participants of the workshop hosted by Feeding America and the Urban Institute for their helpful feedback on an earlier version of this article.

This project was supported by a grant from Feeding America with underwriting from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are solely those of the authors and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policies of the sponsoring agencies.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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