Disability in Focus: May 2020

Food Resources Needed for NH Residents with Disabilities

In New Hampshire (NH), more outreach is needed to connect people with disabilities to vital food resources.                              Reducing food insecurity means better health and wellness for NH residents with disabilities and their families.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity happens when people cannot afford enough                              food at all times to have an active and healthy life.

 

       Food insecurity affects more than 1 in 5 NH adults with disabilities.

                                       

                                      Food insecurity means experiencing some or all of the following things:

      Food does not last until one can afford to buy more, being hungry but having nothing to eat, meals are too small or may be skipped, meals are not balanced, and eating less than one should.

 

 Adults with disabilities in NH are nearly 4 times more likely to be food insecure than adults without disabilities (22% compared to 6%)

Resources to Improve Food Security for NH Residents with Disabilities and Their Families:

 

  • The NH Women, Infants & Children Nutrition Program (WIC) can help if you are pregnant or have children under 5 years old.  WIC offers nutritious foods, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support.                                                    Apply here or call 1-800-942-4321.
  • The New Hampshire Food Bank can help you find your local food pantry and other programs such as soup kitchens and emergency shelters.  Contact them here or call 603-669-9725.
Download the data brief here.

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Data source: Granite State Poll, April 2020.

​This content is solely the responsibility of the NH Disability & Public Health Project and does not necessarily represent the views of the CDC or US DHHS.