TRENTON, N.J. – The government estimates as many as 23,000 active-duty U.S. troops receive food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Countless more fail to qualify because they live off base and receive a housing allowance that is counted as income for SNAP eligibility.
A joint resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer urges Congress to pass the Military Hunger Prevention Act giving service members access to nutritional assistance. The measure (AJR132) passed the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today.
“It’s a technicality, really, and Washington needs to fix it now,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “It’s sad to think that some of the young men and women who volunteer to defend our nation are going to sleep hungry, and worrying about the next meal for their children. Service members shouldn’t have to rely on food pantries to feed their families. Our warriors deserve better from an appreciative nation.”
The act was introduced in the Senate and House for the 115th Congress, but has not been introduced for the current session.