Herbalife helped to take the cause of its Latino distributors to Washington, D.C., on Thursday as a sponsor of Latino Magazine’s NO MAS HAMBRE Summit. The event raises awareness of the hunger faced by many Latinos and encourages members of the community to get involved. Herbalife Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, Angela Arboleda, took part in a Summit panel addressing the need for greater access to nutrition.
“Herbalife is dedicated to helping people improve their nutrition, make healthy choices and lead active lives within the social environment of our Nutrition Clubs in communities across the country,” said Arboleda in a statement. “Herbalife shares LATINO Magazine’s commitment to addressing food insecurities in the Latino community and we are pleased to support the NO MAS HAMBRE summit to engage policymakers in Washington, D.C., for a discussion focused on combatting the nation’s hunger crisis.”
Other participants in the Summit included Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and representatives from Feeding America, Alliance to End Hunger, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Though Herbalife operates in more than 90 countries, Latinos make up at least 60 percent of the company’s distributor base. Since Herbalife short seller Bill Ackman launched a campaign attacking the company’s business practices, other Herbalife critics have come forward to accuse the company of exploiting low-income Latinos. Among them is Brett Wilkes, President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), who has urged government officials to investigate the company.
Wilkes’ position reportedly has not gained popular consensus within LULAC nor the wider Latino community. Earlier this year, LATINO Magazine honored Herbalife with a spot on the LATINO 100, an annual list of top business opportunities for U.S. Latinos.