Dysphasia Food Bank

Purpose

The mission at The Dysphasia Outreach Project is twofold. Part one is to help provide assistance for those individuals for whom accessibility to dysphagia supplies is limited due to financial hardship. The other part of their mission is to provide education and support to the dysphagia community at large about when it is appropriate to recommend and utilize these same supplies. The mission of The Dysphagia Outreach Project’s Dysphagia Food Bank is to provide tangible assistance to low-income individuals with dysphagia across the lifespan by providing access to thickeners, pre-modified foods, therapy tools, oral care supplies, and adaptive equipment.

Contact(s)

Dysphasia Outreach Project
P.O. Box 175
Ruston, LA 71273
email: team@dysphasiaoutreach.org
website: www.dysphagiaoutreach.org/foodbank

Financial Criteria

Eligibility for assistance may be limited based on financial need generally determined using the recipient’s home state’s Medicaid eligibility requirements. 

Eligibility

The applicant acknowledges that, in order to participate in Dysphagia Outreach Project, the applicant must reside in the United States or its designated territories and have had a medical appointment within the last three (3) months. 

AT Services Provided/Covered

None specified.

AT Devices Provided/Covered

Access to thickeners, pre-modified foods, therapy tools, oral care supplies, and adaptive equipment.

Application Process

By completing the online application, the applicant (or parent or legal guardian on behalf of a minor child applicant) confirms the waiver and liability release has been received, reviewed, and signed.

Pieces of the Puzzle

  • Insurance coverage for the above-mentioned supplies is inconsistent, and more often than not, insurance companies refuse to pay for dysphagia supplies, resulting in a significant financial burden for many individuals with dysphagia. 
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