For nearly a decade, MAZON has been confronting the painful reality of food insecurity among veterans — urging policymakers to understand the unique needs and barriers to food security facing the men and women who served our country. Those who served in the U.S. military should not struggle to feed themselves and their families.
Confronting Veteran Hunger
1.3 million veterans
rely on SNAP, but we know that many veterans struggle without the assistance they need.
27% of veterans
of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle to put food on the table — this is more than double the national rate.
More than 1 in 4
female veterans struggle with hunger.
67% of student veterans
report being food insecure.
of veteran job seekers are underemployed — which is 15.6% higher than non-veteran job seekers.
“Eating better has really changed my life. I used to be on about eight medications. Now I'm only taking two pills.”
“We were one of those couples that purchased the house we could afford...”
“Feeding my young grandson properly is the priority, so I have to find things that I know fill me up.”
“I'm very proud to be a veteran, but to have protected freedom overseas and then come back home to struggle myself is very disheartening.”
Urge the Administration: Expand SNAP Access for Veterans
Urge the Biden-Harris Administration to protect and strengthen SNAP and other federal programs that provide vital nutrition assistance to millions of Americans including veterans.
Behind the Mission: Food Insecurity in the Military and Veteran Population (PsychArmor)
On this episode, Josh Protas discusses food insecurity in the military and veteran population and what organizations like MAZON are doing to bring awareness and suggest solutions to the problem. Read more.
Hero Veterans Are Stepping Up to Feed Fellow Vets Suffering from Food Insecurity: ‘It’s Personal’ (People)
Food insecurity among post-9/11 veterans is more than twice the national average, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse. Read more.
On the Eve of Veterans Day, MAZON Delivers Powerful Congressional Testimony About Veteran and Military Hunger
On the eve of Veterans Day, MAZON testified before Congress, urging immediate action to combat food insecurity among the nation’s veteran and military families. Read more.