Urge the Administration to Expand SNAP Access for Veterans

We know that SNAP helps about 1.2 million low-income veterans, but we fear that millions more are struggling without help from the country they served. Please join MAZON in urging our nation's leaders to expand SNAP access for veterans.

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Dear Secretary McDonough,

For far too long, many veterans have been struggling without the assistance of federal nutrition programs, in part due to stigma, shame, and lack of information. While we know that about 1.2 million veterans receive SNAP, that only tells part of the story. A recent study showed that among veterans who are eligible for assistance from SNAP, only 1 out of 3 currently participate in the program. Additional research shows particularly high rates of food insecurity among post-9/11 veterans and veterans who are women.

Our nation's leaders must do more to engage veterans who receive care and services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as well as those who do not receive care through the VA system. We must work together to do all we can to connect veterans at risk of food insecurity to critical assistance from SNAP.

Enrolling eligible veterans in SNAP helps to prevent costly diet-related chronic health conditions and heads off a cycle of economic hardship that can lead to a downward spiral, sometimes tragically resulting in veteran suicide. I urge you to commit the VA to prioritize closing the SNAP participation gap for veterans and coordinate efforts across the federal government and with organizational partners to connect those struggling with SNAP and make meaningful progress to end veteran hunger.

Policymakers must prioritize funding for veteran SNAP outreach and enrollment initiatives. This is a critical element in addressing the nutritional and health needs of all veterans — those within and outside the VA system. We must all work together to increase the capacity of the VA, veteran service organizations, and community partners to ensure that no veteran goes hungry.

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