While we often think of veterans as heroes who have served our country. Unfortunately, many of them struggle with food insecurity. As inflation causes food costs to rise, many veterans, both homeless and those at-risk of homelessness, face food insecurity.
Based on data from a screening completed by the VA, almost 1.5 million veterans in the US are living below the federal poverty level. Research shows that veterans living in poverty are at a higher risk of food insecurity, homelessness, and other material hardships than nonveterans.
Estimates of food insecurity among veterans can vary. Still, studies show that anywhere from 6% to 24% of veterans face food insecurity at a rate that is almost twice as many as the general US population. Food insecurity rates are often higher among veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, female veterans, veterans with mental illness, and homeless and formerly homeless veterans.
Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard is working hard to ensure no veteran has to go hungry.
Food insecurity is defined as the absence of consistent, stable access to enough nutritious food for an active, healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, many veterans face this issue due to various factors, including low income, disabilities, and lack of access to transportation. It’s important to note that food insecurity isn’t just a physical issue – it can also take a toll on a person’s mental health, leading to depression, anxiety, and other issues.
This is why veterans must have access to healthy, balanced meals. Not only does it promote physical health, but it can also improve mental well-being and boost energy levels. Additionally, healthy eating habits are linked to better work performance, which can help veterans maintain stable employment and housing.
Our food bank, made possible by our partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Walmart, provides food ranging from canned goods to fresh produce to any veteran in need.
Additionally, Veterans Places provides daily meals to homeless or at-risk veterans through our Veterans Resource Center. This is where veterans can also get assistance with transportation, food, clothing, laundry and shower facilities, financial assistance, and more.
Our food bank, free daily meal programs, and many other resources and programs, such as employment assistance, transitional housing, financial assistance, and one-on-one case management, all work together to help veterans regain their independence and maintain stable employment and housing.
No veteran should have to go hungry. Food insecurity is a serious issue that can take a toll on every aspect of a person’s daily life. Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard is working tirelessly to ensure veterans have access to nutritious meals.
By supporting these programs, you can make a difference in the lives of those who have served our country selflessly. Contact us today to learn more about our programs or how you can support our mission!