New partnership aims to end food insecurity among veterans

Julia LeDoux
July 15, 2020 - 7:11 am


A newly announced partnership has a lofty goal: to ensure that veterans have reliable access to food.

The Department of Veterans Affairs and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger will work together to distribute information to veterans to increase awareness about the risks associated with food insecurity and share the benefits of programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

“Veterans must have consistent and reliable access to healthy foods in order to thrive,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie in a release. “By raising awareness of the problem of veterans’ food insecurity and executing solutions, this partnership will lead to more Veterans having more food on the table.”

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MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths in the United States and Israel. The organization works to raise awareness about both community and government resources to encourage the anti-hunger community to effectively address emerging issues.

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger President and CEO Abby J. Leibman said various tactics will be used to help veterans facing food insecurity access available resources.

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“These tactics include exploring the creation of a VA pilot program on SNAP outreach for veterans that can be replicated and scaled up and formalizing target goals for veteran SNAP eligibility screenings and application assistance,” she said.

The partnership is managed by the Veterans Health Administration’s Nutrition and Food Services office.

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