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SNAP State Release

Connecticut Moves to Enable People with Disabilities to Eat but Urgent Action by USDA Still Needed

Act Now to Enable People Who Use SNAP (Food Stamps) to Get Food Delivered

Connecticut state flag. Text: Online SNAP in ConnecticutHartford, Connecticut, May 7 – Connecticut’s leaders have taken a critical step to ensuring that the people at the greatest risk from the COVID-19 pandemic and who rely on SNAP benefits can safely order groceries online. The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates leaders in the Nutmeg State for applying for a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would allow SNAP recipients to use their benefits for nline grocery delivery via Walmart, Amazon online (including Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh), and certain ShopRite stores.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 105,000 Connecticut residents with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We hope the USDA and Secretary Sonny Perdue will expedite the necessary paperwork and help people in Connecticut stay safe from the pandemic.” [continue reading…]

Pennsylvania Moves to Enable People with Disabilities to Eat but Urgent Action by USDA Still Needed

Act Now to Enable People Who Use SNAP (Food Stamps) to Get Food Delivered

Pennsylvania state flag. Text: Online SNAP in PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, May 7 – Pennsylvania’s leaders have taken a critical step to ensuring that the people at the greatest risk from the COVID-19 pandemic and who rely on SNAP benefits can safely order groceries online. The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates leaders in the Keystone State for applying for a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would allow SNAP recipients to use their benefits for online grocery delivery via Walmart or Amazon.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 511,000 Pennsylvanians with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We hope the USDA and Secretary Sonny Perdue will expedite the necessary paperwork and help Pennsylvanians stay safe from the pandemic.” [continue reading…]

Oklahoma Moves to Enable People with Disabilities to Eat but Urgent Action by USDA Still Needed

Act Now to Enable People Who Use SNAP (Food Stamps) to Get Food Delivered

Graphic from Oklahoma state flag. Text: Online SNAP in OklahomaOklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 7 – Oklahoma’s leaders have taken a critical step to ensuring that the people at the greatest risk from the COVID-19 pandemic and who rely on SNAP benefits can safely order groceries online. The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates leaders in the Sooner State for applying for a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would allow SNAP recipients to use their benefits for online grocery delivery via Walmart or Amazon.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 164,000 Oklahomans with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We hope the USDA and Secretary Sonny Perdue will expedite the necessary paperwork and help Oklahomans stay safe from the pandemic.” [continue reading…]

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

Millions with Disabilities Still Forced to Choose Between Food and Contagion

Graphic from Vermont state flag. Text: Online SNAP in VermontMontpelier, Vermont, May 7 – The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the USDA and the state of Vermont 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 20,000 Vermonters 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. Phil Scott and the state of Vermont are deeply committed to supporting the disability community.” [continue reading…]

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

Millions with Disabilities Still Forced to Choose Between Food and Contagion

Graphic from North Carolina state flag. Text: Online SNAP in North CarolinaRaleigh, North Carolina, May 7 – The disability nonprofit RespectAbility congratulates the USDA and the state of North Carolina 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 404,000 North Carolinians 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. Roy Cooper and the state of North Carolina are deeply committed to supporting the disability community.” [continue reading…]

Georgia Moves to Enable People with Disabilities to Eat but Urgent Action by USDA Still Needed

Act Now to Enable People Who Use SNAP (Food Stamps) to Get Food Delivered

Georgia state flag. Text: Online SNAP in GeorgiaAtlanta, Georgia, May 7 – Georgia’s leaders have taken a critical step to ensuring that the people at the greatest risk from the COVID-19 pandemic and who rely on SNAP benefits can safely order groceries online. The disability nonsprofit RespectAbility congratulates leaders in the Peach State for applying for a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would allow SNAP recipients to use their benefits for online grocery delivery via Walmart or Amazon.

“This is potentially lifesaving news for the approximately 400,000 Georgians with disabilities who depend on food stamps to put food on the table,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO of RespectAbility. “We hope the USDA and Secretary Sonny Perdue will expedite the necessary paperwork and help Georgians stay safe from the pandemic.” [continue reading…]

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.

 

California Prioritizing Food Security for People with Disabilities

Californians with disabilities now can use SNAP to eat safely while other states leave people with disabilities at risk

Los Angeles, CA, May 1 – Californians with disabilities and other recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) no longer have to choose between risking exposure to COVID-19 or getting food from the grocery store.

As of April 28, California’s SNAP program, CalFresh, covers online grocery delivery. This benefits approximately 1.1 million Californians with disabilities who depended on SNAP benefits.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a simple action like going to the grocery store to put food on the table means potentially risking exposure to the coronavirus. This is especially the case for those who are blind or use wheelchairs or other mobility devices for whom maintaining six feet of distance may be impossible. The answer for many American households has been to turn to online grocery deliveries. [continue reading…]

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