Food Insecurity - Nutrition and Food Services
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Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is a lack of access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle.  In 2018, about 11 percent of US households were food insecure at least some time during the year.  Food insecurity tends to be higher in households relying on social assistance, single-parent homes, ethnic minorities and people who are homeless or house insecure.  The number of food insecure Veterans is also high among those who served in the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  These Veterans are almost twice as likely to be food insecure compared to the general population.  This page provides resources to promote food security. 

Canned food

Food Insecure 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

Additional Food Insecure Resources and Websites

These pages are continuously updated to reflect the evolving response and resources. Please check back often.

Feeding America: COVID-19 Response*
Feeding America: Need Help? Find Food*
Feeding America: Find Your Local Food Bank*
Food Research & Action Center*
Agencies Ending Hunger Facebook Community*
Resource Directory for Service members, Veterans, family members and caregivers*
The EveryONE project: free or reduced cost services*
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger*
Meals on Wheels America*
USDA Resources*
   Healthy Eating on a Budget Cookbook
   Tasty and Low-Cost Recipes
   Tips for Every Aisle
   Save More at the Store
   Start Simple with MyPlate: Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic 
   USDA: Food and Nutrition Service Response to COVID-19

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