Lifetime experiences of racial and ethnic discrimination are strongly linked to food insecurity in Philadelphia, says a new series of reports released today from researchers at Drexel University’s Center for Hunger Free Communities in the Dornsife School of Public Health.

“When people think about how to solve hunger, we need to go deeper and think about the issues that are exacerbating the problem,” said the report’s lead author Mariana Chilton, Ph.D., MPH, a professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health and director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities. “We see that if mothers experience at least one form of discrimination, they are more likely to face food  when compared to those who did not experience discrimination. And this happens in most facets of life in Philadelphia—at work, in school, at the doctor.”

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