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Friday, August 26, 2016

MORE DATA NEEDED ON MILITARY FAMILIES’ FOOD NEEDS




Military service members used more than $21 million in SNAP benefits in commissaries between September 2014 and August 2015, and Congress funded, until 2015, additional food assistance for military families. In addition, about 24% of students attending schools on Department of Defense (DOD) military bases were eligible for free school meals, and another 21% were eligible for reduced-price meals. Now, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report is calling for more data on food needs for military families. “Without more complete survey data,” GAO wrote, “DOD will not understand the prevalence of need among service members to effectively target its support and determine if it should assign department-level responsibility for monitoring food assistance needs.”

Source: San Diego Union Tribune, 8/2/16, Military Family Food