Food Insecurity and Undocumented Farmworkers: A Study of Dairy Farms in Western New York

Authors: Yanitza Piedra*, SUNY Geneseo
Topics: Transportation Geography, Development
Keywords: undocumented farmworkers, food insecurity, access to food
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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This poster investigates the food insecurity problem that exists for undocumented dairy farmworkers in western New York. Specifically, this project studies the spatial relationship between dairy farms and grocery stores in Wyoming County, NY. Undocumented dairy farmworkers represent an isolated and marginalized community whose plight is not well known. Farms in western New York have poor access to public transportation, and often lie non-walkable distances from food stores, leaving undocumented farmworkers, without driver's licenses, facing difficulties trying to obtain healthy food. They live in a state of food insecurity and are commonly exploited by "raiteros" who charge them exuberant amounts of money for rides to the grocery store. By studying the spatial relationship between the dairy farms and grocery stores in Wyoming County, insight is gained into difficulties faced by undocumented dairy farmworkers whose transportation and healthy food needs are not being met- an unspecified number of whom may be working on some of these farms.

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