Employment as a Path Towards Greater Food Security For LGBTQ+ Youth: Convening Report

In September 2023, the Williams Institute, the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth, and No Kid Hungry convened a group of community-based organizations to discuss employment and economic mobility as a means of addressing food insecurity among LGBTQ+ youth. This report presents findings and recommendations from the convening. Some highlights:

  • Stabilization of youth in housing was seen as a critical component of addressing both food and employment needs.
  • Participants identified lack of support from a youth’s family of origin as a primary barrier to economic security.
  • Policymakers should examine eligibility criteria for SNAP and other public benefits to assess barriers for LGBTQ+ youth.