Many military households are already relying on food pantries and other charities. The Military Hunger Prevention Act would help more of these families apply for SNAP benefits.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), would exempt the military’s Basic Housing Allowance when determining eligibility for SNAP and other federal food programs. The allowance is high enough to currently disqualify many service members who could use the added support. "That has put the burden of feeding financially challenged military families on the private sector,” states an analysis by the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/28/16, Should More Troops Be Eligible for Food Stamps