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Alleviating Food Insecurity in the Disabled Community: Lessons Learned from Community Solutions During the Pandemic   [open html - 0B]

From the Webpage: "Disability and food insecurity have a close and well-documented relationship. Inequities in economic opportunity for disabled people have made disability a key factor in predicting vulnerability to food insecurity; in turn, increased food insecurity is also associated with higher rates of disabilities related to chronic illness. This issue brief provides background on long-standing barriers to food security and access for disabled people in the United States. It then discusses the coronavirus pandemic's impacts and highlights disability and community organizations' solutions to these issues. Finally, it provides recommendations for the federal government to alleviate food insecurity in the disability community, including by expanding the definition of disability for anti-poverty programs, disaggregating data to include disability in hunger and food systems research, increasing federal funding to target food insecurity, and expanding and making permanent the online food purchasing pilot program in all states. Centering the experiences of community organizations that have worked to meet people's basic needs on a day-to-day basis--coupled with necessary policy changes at the federal level--is essential to beginning to address hunger in the disability community, both during and after the pandemic."

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2021-12-21
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Center for American Progress
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