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3.8.1 Elderly, Blind, or Disabled (EBD) Individuals EBD Introduction Disabled Veterans EBD Introduction

7 CFR 271.2

An elderly individual is a food unit member age 60 or older.


A disabled individual is a food unit member who meets one or more of the following criteria:


If an individual is certified as disabled or blind by one of the above agencies, but has not received the initial benefit, consider him or her disabled.


An individual receiving retirement benefits from the RRB and found eligible for Medicare by the RRB is disabled. An individual who receives general assistance and meets the SSI program disability criteria is also disabled.


Under certain specific circumstances an individual and his or her spouse who are both elderly and/or disabled may be a separate food unit even if they are living and eating with others. See 5.2.1 for rules related to FoodShare-E eligibility. Disabled Veterans

The definition of a disabled veteran is:

  1. A veteran with a disability rated by the VA as total or paid as total by the VA, or

  2. A veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran considered by the VA to be in need of regular aid and attendance or permanently housebound, or

  3. A surviving child of a veteran and considered by the VA to be permanently incapable of self-support, or

  4. A surviving spouse or a surviving child of a veteran and considered by the VA to be entitled to compensation for a service-connected death or pension benefits for a non-service connected death and has a disability considered permanent by SSA .



This page last updated in Release Number: 18-01

Release Date: 01/08/2018

Effective Date: 01/08/2018