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.
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.
This Veterans Day: Confronting Veteran Food Insecurity
This Veterans Day, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage America, its impact on the millions of military veterans who need assistance to put food on the table has reached crisis proportions. MAZON is confronting this crisis through Congressional advocacy and several joint educational and training initiatives with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read more.
VHA Partnership With MAZON Will Support Veteran Food Security
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has formalized its partnership with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths in the United States and Israel, to assist Veterans struggling with food insecurity. Read more.
MAZON Urges Congress To Address Veteran Hunger As National Priority
Josh Protas testifies before U.S. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, urging Congress to address Veteran hunger as national priority. Read more.