Millions of Americans of all ages have disabilities, which can have devastating economic consequences: people with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty, endure material hardships, and experience food insecurity than people without. SNAP serves millions of people with a broad range of functional impairments or limitations.
People with disabilities account for nearly 1 in 5 SNAP participants under age 65. Nationwide, about 9 million non-elderly Americans with disabilities receive SNAP benefits to help keep food on the table. More than a third of non-elderly people with disabilities receive support from SNAP.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released a new report on how SNAP helps millions of people with disabilities and highlights the opportunities to increase SNAP’s effectiveness at reaching and serving people with disabilities.