Imagine having to make the decision of whether to pay rent or buy groceries. This impossible decision between two basic necessities is one that many disabled adults face each month. Information recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that roughly one-third of all disabled adults has difficulty providing adequate food for their household.
While conducting the research, the USDA’s Economic Research Service reviewed data from the most recent U.S. Census Report. The findings of the research are significant in that they show disabled adults are much more likely to have problems providing enough food for their families. The term “food insecurity” is used to describe those households where providers are not able to provide adequate amounts of food.
Several factors influence a disabled individual’s income. Thankfully, many disabled adults qualify for social security disability benefits. These benefits are essential in helping provide for the basic needs of individuals who are not able to work as a result of their disability. Oftentimes, however, individuals who are living with a disability have several additional costly needs.
For example, someone with a physical disability may require a wheelchair. They may then need to have adjustments made to their home to ensure it is handicap accessible. Additionally, many disabled individuals require frequent medical and rehabilitative treatments, all which can be expensive.
No individual or family in the U.S. or Pennsylvania should have to go hungry. The findings of the USDA’s research help shed light on this important issue facing many disabled Americans and will hopefully help bring about changes to programs that serve these individuals.
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Source: USDA, “Disability Is an Important Risk Factor For Food Insecurity,” Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Feb. 12, 2013