Military and Veterans

MAZON is leading a national effort to address the growing problem of food insecurity among currently-serving military and veteran families.

Help Our Heroes

MAZON launched our work with members of the military and veterans after our partners (food banks, food pantries and anti-hunger organizations) voiced concerns that a growing number of currently serving military and veteran families are seeking food assistance. As our servicemen and women begin returning in greater numbers, many find themselves struggling to put food on the table for themselves and their families. Some have completed their military service and now cannot find employment, and others remain on active duty but find that their pay as enlisted personnel won’t cover their living expenses in the United States. We pursued this often-ignored issue because we feel strongly that those who make significant sacrifices for our country should never struggle to put food on the table.

Ashley Circle Image TemplateI'm shocked that so many military families are standing in line at the food pantry because they really need help.
- Ashley, California
 

 Read Ashley's story. 

For several years, MAZON has been leading the national effort on many different fronts: pushing for data so that we can better understand the prevalence of the problem, proposing policy solutions to break down barriers and exploring ways that families can connect with available benefits. Our goal is to remove the real and perceived barriers that prevent veterans and currently serving military families from accessing vital food assistance programs. 

While the issue continues to receive periodic public attention, there is much work to be done.

Learn more about MAZON's Veterans initiative here.

Take Action

Tell Congress to end hunger for military families now! 
Those who make significant sacrifices for our country should never struggle to put food on the table. Our elected officials must do more to address this unacceptable and long-ignored problem. 

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Highlights of our recent activities to address this issue

Press

Why so many veterans go hungry  and VA's new plan to fix it
The Washington Post | October 9, 2017

Why we need Congress to help more military families qualify for food aid
The San Diego Union-Tribune | February 23, 2017

Davis seeks food help for enlisted military families
San Diego Jewish World | February 16, 2017

Congresswoman Susan Davis Re-Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Food Assistance to Military Families
Susan Davis Press Release | February 16, 2017

Abby J. Leibman & Cristin Orr Shiffer: An inexcusable hunger
The Virginian-Pilot | July 10, 2016

Military families sacrifice for us; can’t we feed them?
San Diego Jewish World | March 28, 2016

Nonprofit targets food insecurity in military
Washington Jewish Week | February 3, 2016

To the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture: Keep our troops fed
The Jewish Journal | January 21, 2016

Military Commissary Food Stamp Use Drops
SpouseBuzz | January 14, 2016

Jewish group testifies to Congress about hunger in US military families
Jewishva | January 13, 2016

Jewish Charity Testifies To Congress About Hunger in US Military Families
Forward | January 13, 2016

Jewish group testifies to Congress about hunger in US military families
Jewish Telegraphic Agency | January 13, 2016

Food Stamp Formula Shouldn't Factor in Housing Allowances: Advocates
Military.com | January 12, 2016