New Jersey has 335,000 veterans, 5 percent of whom use SNAP to buy food. But the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is now under threat. The House version of legislation known as the “farm bill” would eliminate benefits to at least 35,000 people in New Jersey, including 15,000 veterans. The Senate version protects and strengthens SNAP (formerly food stamps).
“These are men and women who have put their lives on the line and sacrificed to keep our country safe,” said Adele LaTourette, director of Hunger Free New Jersey, a statewide advocacy group. “We should be doing all we can to ensure these brave men and women have the resources they need to live healthy, productive lives.”
The data comes from a Center for Budget Policy and Priorities report which also found that nationally 1.4 million low-income veterans rely on SNAP.
SNAP helps seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and many low-paid workers with money for groceries.
Sunday is Veterans Day; it will be publicly observed on Monday.