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Virginia and the USDA Enable Safe, Online Food Access for SNAP Beneficiaries

People with Disabilities in Virginia Now Can Avoid COVID-19 by Getting Groceries Delivered

Virginia state flag. Text: Online SNAP in VirginiaRichmond, Virginia, June 9 – As the summer begins and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the leaders of the Old Dominion State for enabling people with disabilities who rely on SNAP to avoid the high risk of shopping for food in person.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beneficiaries in Virginia and 12 other states now could use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to order groceries online. This is a significant expansion of a pilot program that, before COVID-19, only covered six states. This means that, according to the USDA, 90 percent of SNAP participants now have the option to safely order groceries through Amazon or Walmart.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 204,000 Virginians with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We are grateful that Gov. Ralph Northam and the state of Virginia are committed to supporting the disability community.” [continue reading…]

Georgia and USDA Enable Safe, Online Food Access for SNAP Beneficiaries

People with Disabilities in Georgia Now Can Avoid COVID-19 by Getting Groceries Delivered

Georgia state flag. Text: Online SNAP in GeorgiaAtlanta, Georgia, June 9 – As the summer begins and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the leaders of Georgia for enabling people with disabilities who rely on SNAP to avoid the high risk of shopping for food in person.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beneficiaries in Georgia and 12 other states now could use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to order groceries online. This is a significant expansion of a pilot program that, before COVID-19, only covered six states. This means that, according to the USDA, 90 percent of SNAP participants now have the option to safely order groceries through Amazon or Walmart.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 441,000 Georgians with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We are grateful that Gov. Brian Kemp and the state of Georgia are committed to supporting the disability community.” [continue reading…]

As USDA and Iowa Enable People with Disabilities to Eat, Millions Still at Risk

Millions with Disabilities Still Forced to Choose Between Food and COVID-19

Iowa state flag. Text: Online SNAP in IowaDes Moines, Iowa, May 19 – The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the USDA and the state of Iowa 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.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 98,000 Iowans with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We are grateful that Gov. Kim Reynolds and the state of Iowa are committed to supporting the disability community.” [continue reading…]

As USDA and Colorado Enable People with Disabilities to Eat, Millions Still at Risk

Millions with Disabilities Still Forced to Choose Between Food and COVID-19

Colorado state flag. Text: Online SNAP in ColoradoDenver, Colorado, May 19 – The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the USDA and the state of Colorado 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.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 125,000 Coloradans with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We are grateful that Gov. Jared Polis and the state of Colorado are committed to supporting the disability community.” [continue reading…]

As USDA and Kentucky Enable People with Disabilities to Eat, Millions Still at Risk

Millions with Disabilities Still Forced to Choose Between Food and COVID-19

Kentucky state flag. Text: Online SNAP in KentuckyFrankfort, Kentucky, May 19 – The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the USDA and the state of Kentucky 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.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 175,000 Kentuckians with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We are grateful that Gov. Andy Beshear and the state of Kentucky are committed to supporting the disability community.” [continue reading…]

As USDA and Missouri Enable People with Disabilities to Eat, Millions Still at Risk

Millions with Disabilities Still Forced to Choose Between Food and COVID-19

Missouri state flag. Text: Online SNAP in MissouriJefferson City, Missouri, May 19 – The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the USDA and the state of Missouri 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.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 208,000 Missourians with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We are grateful that Gov. Jim Parsons and the state of Missouri are committed to supporting the disability community.” [continue reading…]

As USDA and Nebraska Enable People with Disabilities to Eat, Millions Still at Risk

Millions with Disabilities Still Forced to Choose Between Food and COVID-19

Nebraska state flag. Text: Online SNAP in NebraskaLincoln, Nebraska, May 19 – The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the USDA and the state of Nebraska 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.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 47,000 Nebraskans with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We are grateful that Gov. Pete Ricketts and the state of Nebraska are committed to supporting the disability community.” [continue reading…]

As USDA and New York Enable People with Disabilities to Eat, Millions Still at Risk

Millions with Disabilities Still Forced to Choose Between Food and COVID-19

New York state flag. Text: Online SNAP in New YorkAlbany, New York, May 19 – The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the USDA and the state of New York 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.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 791,000 New Yorkers with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We are grateful that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state of New York are committed to supporting the disability community.” [continue reading…]

As USDA and Rhode Island Enable People with Disabilities to Eat, Millions Still at Risk

Millions with Disabilities Still Forced to Choose Between Food and COVID-19

Rhode Island state flag. Text: Online SNAP in Rhode IslandProvidence, Rhode Island, May 19 – The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the USDA and the state of Rhode Island 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.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 45,000 Rhode Islanders with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We are grateful that Gov. Gina Raimondo and the state of Rhode Island are committed to supporting the disability community.” [continue reading…]

As USDA and Tennessee Enable People with Disabilities to Eat, Millions Still at Risk

Millions with Disabilities Still Forced to Choose Between Food and COVID-19

Tennessee state flag. Text: Online SNAP in TennesseeNashville, Tennessee, May 19 – The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the USDA and the state of Tennessee 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.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 278,000 Tennesseans with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We are grateful that Gov. Bill Lee and the state of Tennessee are committed to supporting the disability community.” [continue reading…]

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