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Military Personnel: DOD Needs More Complete Data on Active-Duty Servicemembers Use of Food Assistance Programs

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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According to the Defense Commissary Agency, servicemembers on active duty spent over 21 million in SNAP benefits at commissaries from September 2014 through August 2015. This suggests that people serving our country may be having difficulty making ends meet. House Report 114-102 includes a provision that GAO review food assistance programs available to servicemembers. This report assesses, among other things, the extent to which 1 active-duty servicemembers and their families have access to food assistance programs and any variations in eligibility for these programs, and 2 DOD has identified the servicemembers use of these programs. GAO reviewed information on government and charitable food assistance programs and policies. GAO also interviewed DOD and service officials at four installations that were selected based on size, cost of living, and presence of food assistance programs.

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