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 crisis is exacerbating the financial challenges of even more military families.
operate on or near every military base in the U.S.
at Department of Defense-run schools are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
are unemployed. This was true even before the COVID-19 crisis.
of military families are ineligible for SNAP because their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is counted as income.
Hungry in the Military: Food Insecurity Among Military Families in the U.S.
Military servicemembers and their families make significant sacrifices for the United States, yet many regularly struggle to put food on the table. MAZON’s report details the persistent food insecurity among currently serving military families. Drawing from decades-long expertise in the anti-hunger field, MAZON offers solutions to end military hunger.
“I’m doing all I can and serving my country, and I have to worry about how I’m going to buy food?”
“We thought being in the military might be a way out of living paycheck to paycheck… I'm shocked that so many military families are standing in line at the food pantry because they really need help.”
Urge Congress: Support Military Families Facing Hunger
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 the Biden-Harris Administration to take immediate action to resolve this shameful and long-overlooked problem.
MAZON and the nation’s largest grass-roots military family support organization Blue Star Families joined Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sept. 11 first responder and veterans’ rights activist John Feal today in demanding national policies that end hunger in the military. Read more.
The federal government’s influence on what millions of people eat extends from school lunches for children to the dining halls of the Air Force, Army, Marines and Space Force.
The Biden administration’s national strategy to end hunger by 2030 and to improve the U.S. diet aims to tap into federal agencies' ability to set policies and menus. The administration touted $8 billion in commitments, largely from the food sector, but it steered clear of imposing new mandates on the private sector — at least for now. Read more.
In recent months, the U.S. government has taken some steps to improve food security for its service members — but there's more to do. Read more.