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Military and Veteran Families

Military and Veteran Families

Programs for Which You May be Eligible

SNAP helps families buy nutritious food with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that is like a debit card. SNAP benefits can be used at stores across the country and at some farmer's markets. SNAP can help you and your family eat right when money is tight. To be eligible, households must meet income tests. Combat pay, Hostile Fire pay, and Imminent Danger Pay are not counted as income for SNAP. All other pay and allowances are counted as income.

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WIC provides nutritious food to low income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. Participants also get information about healthy eating and referrals to health care and other social services.

WIC legislation and regulations also provide state agencies the option to exclude certain housing payments and other allowances provided to military personnel in determining WIC eligibility. These include Basic Allowance for Housing, Family Separation Housing, Overseas Housing Allowances, and Overseas Continental U.S. Cost-of-Living Allowances.

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Veterans who live on Indian reservations or other approved areas may be eligible to participate in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. If interested, contact your tribal organization or state agency.


During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. What happens when schools let out? The SFSP is designed to feed children breakfast and/or lunch during the summer at feeding sites that can include schools, churches, community centers, summer camps, Indian reservations, and more.

Find a summer site in your community with our Summer Meal Site Finder mapping tool. You can also text “Summer Meals” to 914-342-7744. or call 1-866-348-6479 to find a site near you.

Military and Veteran Families

Contacting Programs in Your State

USDA Supports America's Heroes

  • Visit the USDA Veterans page for additional information on Employment, Education and Entrepreneurship opportunities.
Page updated: August 28, 2023