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.
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. This report will limit its discussion of recommendations to strategies already available within current federal law.