Friday, December 30, 2016
MILITARY FAMILIES NEED SNAP
Military households are relying on food pantries and other charities, and 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 Allowance for Housing when determining eligibility for SNAP and other federal food programs. About two out of every three service members nationwide draw the allowance, and the monthly amounts vary by each person’s pay grade. Troops with spouses or children get a bigger allowance. Payouts also are pegged to housing and utility costs in each region of the nation. The allowance is high enough to disqualify many service members from receiving SNAP.