Who we are
Under the Comprando Rico y Sano program, promotores de salud (community health workers) conduct charlas (small educational sessions), grocery store tours, and cooking demonstrations to promote health-conscious shopping, smart food choices, and cost-saving strategies, as well as educate and enroll eligible Latinos into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Over the past five years, the program has been implemented in more than 30 communities nationwide, nearly 40,000 Latinos have been enrolled in SNAP, 200,000 individuals have received face-to-face nutrition education, and close to five million people have been reached via traditional and social media.
Comprando Rico y Sano is possible thanks to support from the Walmart Foundation.
Healthy eating starts here: Easy healthy food recipes to try at home
What we do
- Federal food assistance programs are effective at reducing hunger in Latino and other minority communities. That is why we work to enroll eligible Latinos in SNAP.
SNAP provides additional resources to families for food spending, with the goal of improving the quantity and quality of food that they buy. Participation in the program is linked to increases in food security and improved nutritional outcomes for children.
- PDF: Find out more about SNAP (Bilingual fact sheet)
- Profiles of Latino Health: A Closer Look at Latino Child Nutrition
- Busy schedules sometimes lead us to choose unhealthy options such as fast food, but making healthy food choices is possible while on a limited budget and tight schedule. Your family can eat nutritious, quick, and affordable meals at home.
- PDF: Save money and time at the supermarket (Bilingual tip sheet)
- Delicious and healthy recipes you can make at home
- Blog post: “When It Comes to Eating Fruit and Vegetables, Keep It Colorful!”
- Blog post: “Home-Cooked Meals Are Good for Your Health and Your family”
- Our nutritional habits today affect our health tomorrow. Educate yourself on health risks and how you can take steps to avoid cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other debilitating illnesses.
- PDF: Tips for healthy food buying (Bilingual tip sheet)
- Choose seasonal fruits and vegetables (Bilingual guide)
- Blog post: “How You Can Encourage Your Children to Eat Healthy”
- Blog post: “Real-Life Lessons in Healthy Eating”
- Blog post: “Five Tips to Reduce Sugary Drinks Consumption”
Project Coordinator, Institute for Hispanic Health
Associate Director, Institute for Hispanic Health
Phone: (202) 785-1670