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As USDA and Nevada Enable People with Disabilities to Eat, Millions Still At Risk

Millions with Disabilities Still Forced to Choose Between Food and Contagion

Nevada state flagWashington, D.C., May 4 – The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the USDA and the state of Nevada for enabling people with disabilities who rely on SNAP to avoid the high risk of shopping for food in person. The CDC reports that approximately 90 percent of people hospitalized with COVID-19 have underlying conditions. People with disabilities and other historically marginalized communities are the groups most likely to have these conditions, and are among the most at risk for severe complications from the coronavirus if they catch it.

“We are grateful to the USDA, Secretary Purdue and the state of Nevada for this progress because we know that it will save lives,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “Many people with disabilities who use SNAP are especially at risk during this pandemic because of underlying conditions. They need to be able to eat without coming into contact with the virus. Thus, we have reached out to every state on this issue, encouraging SNAP directors to quickly enable people with disabilities to use SNAP for online groceries and delivery. We are thrilled that Nevada will now join other states who have taken action on this issue. We also know that multiple states are awaiting similar approval and we hope it will come swiftly. We are grateful for progress. But more must urgently be done before more lives are lost.”

To find out which states are waiting for approval, please see https://www.respectability.org/2020/05/online-snap-covid-19/

Please see the press release from the USDA here: https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/05/04/usda-approves-nevada-accept-snap-benefits-online

For more information contact JenniferM@RespectAbility.org.

 

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Philip Pauli
Philip Pauli

Philip Kahn-Pauli is the Policy and Practices Director of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. He works with state leaders to develop solutions for youth with disabilities, support job seekers with disabilities and open pathways into the workforce. To reach him, email philipp@respectability.org.

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