Act Now to Stop People with Disabilities From Being Forced to Choose Between Hunger and COVID-19!
The lives of millions of people with disabilities are at stake!
In 2019, the USDA launched a trial effort with six states to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries to use their benefits to pay for online grocery deliveries. At the beginning of the pandemic, an additional 13 states joined in the pilot. In the past several weeks, 22 other states have applied. As of May 22, 4 states are waiting on USDA approval and 9 states have yet to act.
This costs no additional money but can save many, many lives. SNAP delivery saves lives.
- A recent battleground poll conducted by Democracy Corps on behalf of the Center for Voter Information shows that 81 percent of voters say they favor allowing people who use SNAP to be able to order and pay for groceries and delivery online, so they don’t have to go into stores.
- According to the Census Bureau, there are more than 56 million Americans living with a disability. Disabilities include visible conditions such as spinal cord injuries, low vision or hearing loss and nonvisible disabilities including learning disabilities, mental health or Autism.
- Nationwide, 11 million Americans with disabilities depend on SNAP, also called Food Stamps, to pay for groceries and provide for their families.
- Research conducted in the 2018 election shows that 74 percent of likely voters either have a disability themselves or have a family member or a close friend with disabilities.
- Read letter from the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities to Congress on Expanding Pilot (PDF).
- Read letter from the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities to USDA on Expanding Pilot (PDF).
Online SNAP Pre-COVID-19
Governors in 9 states (AK, KS, ME, MS, MT, NH, ND, SC, SD) have not yet announced any plans to ensure their residents don’t have to risk their lives to get food. Those states are in red in the map above.
4 states (AR, HI, LA, and MN), have applied to the USDA and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. so that people people with disabilities can use their food stamps to deliver groceries. However, they are in wait mode – living in fear and in need of safe access to food. Those states are in yellow in the second map above.
The following states already now have been approved for online usage of SNAP/Food Stamps: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY and the District of Columbia.