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Nutrition and Food Services


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Food Insecurity

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Food insecurity means you are not able to buy enough food to stay in good health. If you are not sure you or your family will have enough food at the end of the month your healthcare team can help.

In 2020, almost 12 percent of homes in the United States did not have enough money to buy food at some point in the year. At times it may be hard to buy enough food if you have social or government aid, are a single parent or a minority. If you do not have a stable place to live or are homeless you may find it tough to buy food.

When you have trouble buying enough food your medical health or mental health may decline.

VHA and the Office of Food Security can help with resources to help you access to safe and stable food.

Educational Handouts

Budget Friendly Meal Planning
Dollar Store Shopping
Low-Cost Eating Using Canned and Dry Foods
Nutrition Tips for Veterans Without a Home
Nutrition Guide During a Disaster or Flu Pandemic 
Thrifty Meal Plan
Tips for Meal Planning Success
Weekly Meal Planner Grocery List and Recipes
Food Delivery Services

Food Resources

Feeding America: Need Help? Find Food*
Feeding America: Find Your Local Food Bank*
Food Research & Action Center*
Resource Directory for Service members, Veterans, family members and caregivers*
The EveryONE project: free or reduced cost services*
Meals on Wheels America*
Hunger Hotline*

USDA Resources
Tips for Every Aisle*
Save More at the Store*
Start Simple with MyPlate: Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic

*By clicking on these links, you will leave the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site.