Food insecurity has negative effects on military service members and their families, including their work performance, professional success, and health and wellness. A recent memorandum released by the U.S. Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness shows that in 2020, nearly 1 in 4 U.S. active-duty service members experienced food insecurity and that participation in benefits such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) is low. This brief summarizes the key findings from the memorandum and discusses what can be done to improve food security among active-duty military members and their families.
Food Insecurity, Military, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
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The authors thank Zoé Tkaczyk, Alexandra Punch, and Shannon Monnat for editorial assistance on this brief. Special thanks to Matthew Rabbitt for helpful comments and assistance writing this brief.
Heflin, Colleen and Alphonso, Gabriella. (2023). Food Insecurity is a Common Problem for Military Service Members and their Families. Lerner Center Population Health Research Brief Series. 205. https://surface.syr.edu/lerner/205
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