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Disabilities affect two out of every five households that have very low food security

Disabilities affect two out of every five households that have very low food security
For the first time, a study has documented the substantial overlap between very low food security and disability. Very low food security is a severe range of food insecurity characterized by reductions in food intake and disrupted eating patterns for one or more household members.  In 2009/10, one-quarter of U.S. households with very low food security included a working age adult (age 18-64) who was unable to work due to disability. Twelve percent of very-low-food-secure households included a working-age adult with other reported disabilities (disabilities that did not prevent employment). Altogether, close to two in five households with very low food security included a working-age adult with a disability. This chart is from Food Insecurity Among Households with Working-Age Adults with Disabilities, ERR-144, January 2013.

Last updated: Monday, February 04, 2013

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