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Food Security Resources and Support Programs

Overview

While it’s important to fuel ourselves and our families with nutritious meals, many barriers keep us doing so, including the rising costs and availability of healthy food. If you’re experiencing challenges with accessing healthy, affordable food, please know you’re not alone. Resources and support are available to anyone in need.

Defense Department Resources

The Defense Department takes seriously the pressures that our service members and families face in today’s world – especially when it comes to experiencing food insecurity. Ensuring our service and family members are food secure is a top priority and part of our commitment to take care of our people.

  • Family Supplemental Subsistence Allowance
    FSSA is available for service members serving overseas with at least one dependent in their households (not including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam).
  • Basic Needs Allowance
    The BNA is a monthly allowance for active-duty service members with dependents whose gross household income falls below 150% of federal poverty guidelines.

USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers several nutrition assistance programs to increase food security, reduce hunger and provide nutrition education.

Find Your Local WIC

Get contact information for the Women, Infants, and Children program near you.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP
    SNAP provides food benefits to low-income families to supplement their grocery budget so they can afford the nutritious food essential to health and well-being.
  • National School Lunch Program
    NSLP is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.
  • Summer Food Service Program
    USDA reimburses program operators who serve free, healthy meals and snacks to children and teens at summer sites in low-income communities.
  • USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse
    Hunger Free America operates the National Hunger Hotline on behalf of USDA. The hotline is a resource for individuals and families seeking information on how to obtain food.

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