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.
rely on SNAP, but we know that many veterans struggle without the assistance they need.
of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle to put food on the table — this is more than double the national rate.
female veterans struggle with hunger.
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.
In honor of Veterans Day, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, PsychArmor, and Combined Arms are proud to release a new 30-second public service announcement and campaign website spotlighting hunger among America’s veterans and solutions to address the crisis. Read more.
Income guidelines for determining food assistance eligibility also hit the active-duty military population. Service members receive a basic allowance for housing—a nontaxable entitlement to offset housing costs. Though many federal programs don’t consider this income, SNAP does. Josh Protas, vice president of public policy at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a nonprofit working to end food insecurity, says that pushes many low-income, junior enlisted service members with kids out of eligibility.
Issues like hunger, housing, and healthcare must be considered holistically — not in a piecemeal fashion, Josh Protas, MAZON's Vice President of Public Policy, told lawmakers before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. Read more.