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. Too many service members and veterans 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 basic living expenses, including food. MAZON leads national advocacy efforts on this often-ignored issue because we believe 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 address military hunger in the NDAA! 
For nearly a decade, MAZON has made it a priority to understand and address the unique challenges of military families who struggle with food insecurity. It's unacceptable that tens of thousands of service members are shut out of accessing SNAP and other food assistance programs, and must quietly turn for help to food pantries. And now, the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the financial challenges of even more military families.

America's men and women in uniform fight for our freedom; MAZON is fighting to ensure they have freedom from hunger. Please join MAZON in urging your members of Congress to immediately resolve this shameful and long-overlooked problem.

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Highlights of our recent activities to address this issue


Congress must act to fix military hunger in National Defense Authorization Act
The Hill | September 12, 2019

A food insecurity crisis afflicts military families
Military Families | July 23, 2019

Inside the Gates: Military Hunger Prevention Act would provide food assistance to service members
KTVA | July 22, 2019

This proposal would give more money to military families struggling to put food on the table
Military Times | July 18, 2019

Should Low-Income Military Families Get a Food Allowance? White House Says No | July 18, 2019

A new bill would help keep low-income military families from going hungry. The White House isn't on board
Task & Purpose | July 18, 2019

San Diego congresswoman’s effort to address military family food insecurity faces hurdles
San Diego Union-Tribune | July 17, 2019

Why are many of America's military families going hungry?
NBC News | July 12, 2019

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 | January 12, 2016