Adults with disabilities reported high levels of food hardship, with or without children in the household.
In a telephone survey, King County adults were asked how often in the past 12 months (never, sometimes, or often) their food didn’t last and they didn’t have money to buy more. Answers of “sometimes” or “often” are indicators of food hardship. Data from 2011, 2012, and 2013 were combined to improve the stability of estimates. Because food hardship increased dramatically in just 3 years, line charts are used to show patterns of change across groups.
- In 2013, adults with a disability were almost twice as likely as those without a disability to report food hardship (20% vs. 11%; data not shown here).
- From 2010 to 2013, food hardship increased significantly only among adults with a disability who did not live in a household with children.
- Adults with a disability who did not live with children were significantly more likely to run out of food in 2013 than adults without a disability, whether or not they lived with children.