SNAP Matters for People with Disabilities

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On September 08, 2015 (EST)

In July 2015, the Food Research and Action Center issued "SNAP Matters for People with Disabilities" Food Research and Action Center. The following is excerpted from the Executive Summary:
Poverty, hunger, and food insecurity disproportionately affect Americans who have communicative, mental, or physical disabilities. For these children, adults, and seniors, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as a vital support.

Access to affordable, nutritious food often is even more critical for Americans with disabilities than for others. Not only are people with disabilities more likely to experience poverty and food insecurity, but they also are more likely to suffer from chronic conditions that can be aggravated by poor nutrition. These conditions can exacerbate existing disabilities or even lead to new disabilities. Good nutrition is a key component of good health for all Americans, but for those who have a disability, eating nutritiously, even during periods of economic difficulty, is critically important.

This report provides information on:
1. The population of Americans with disabilities, including factors that lead to increased poverty and food insecurity among them;
2. SNAP’s role among programs targeted to assist people with disabilities;
3. SNAP program rules and policies that make it both accessible and responsive to the needs of Americans with disabilities; and
4. Recommendations for strengthening SNAP’s support for people with disabilities through state policy options, agency practices, and outreach.

To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://frac.org/pdf/snap_matters_people_with_disabililties.pdf



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