Veterans

MAZON believes that those who have served our country should not have to struggle to provide regular, nutritious meals to their families.

#FreedomFromHunger

Our veterans bravely served our country. They fought for our freedom, now we must fight for theirs. We need our elected officials to do more to address the unacceptable problem of hunger among our veterans. Check out our #FreedomFromHunger video and share it to raise awareness.

Take Action

Join MAZON in calling on our elected officials to do more to address this unacceptable problem and ensure our veterans have #FreedomFromHunger.

Click here to write to your Members of Congress to let them know that no veteran should struggle with food insecurity. Urge them to protect and strengthen SNAP and other federal programs that provide vital nutrition assistance to veterans, currently serving military families, children, seniors and millions of other Americans who struggle to put food on the table.

You can also make your voice heard by sending a message on a plate directly to a Member of Congress. Learn more here.

The Reality of Veteran Hunger

Veteran hunger is an under-addressed and often overlooked issue in this country. 1.4 million veterans rely on SNAP and too many other veterans struggle with hunger but don’t get the assistance they need.

Twenty-seven percent of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are struggling to put food on the table. These veterans suffer from food insecurity at more than double the national rate. Recent studies have documented concerning rates of food insecurity among older veterans, veterans with disabilities, women veterans, and homeless veterans.

Mark circularI'm very proud to be a veteran, but to have protected freedom overseas and then come back home to struggle myself is very disheartening.
- Mark, Kentucky
 

 Read Mark's story. 

 MAZON believes that those who make great personal sacrifices serving in the armed forces should not have to struggle to provide regular, nutritious meals to their families. Yet it is clear that food insecurity is a painful reality for far too many veterans, and government safety net programs are not adequately meeting the needs of those who have served our country. 

MAZON's Response

MAZON works to address the issue of veteran hunger by raising public awareness, engaging congressional offices, partnering with veterans and military service organizations, and working directly with the VA and USDA to better connect veterans to available nutrition assistance resources. We advocate to protect and remove barriers to accessing benefits like SNAP that help veterans keep food on the table.

The best way to prevent hunger among veterans is to protect and strengthen SNAP. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that SNAP effectively reduces food insecurity and poverty rates, contributes to savings in long-term health care costs, and positively impacts health, education, and economic self-sufficiency outcomes.

Harmful changes and cuts to SNAP proposed by the current administration and some leaders in Congress would cut access to lifesaving nutrition assistance for veterans and millions of other Americans struggling to put food on the table – exacerbating the problem of hunger, not reducing it. Efforts to restrict access to SNAP by adding additional severe work requirements will disproportionately impact veterans, many of whom fall under the new proposed age cap. Further, military training may not always translate to civilian work opportunities, so many veterans face barriers to finding and sustaining meaningful employment.

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