VETERAN ACCESS TO HEALTHY, LOCAL FOOD
AS MANY AS 1 MILLION VETERANS NATIONWIDE LIVE WITH DIABETES IN ADDITION TO OTHER DIET-RELATED CONDITIONS.
There are currently no national veteran nutrition incentive programs.
THE STARTLING FACTS
- Roughly 1.7 million (7%) veterans live in SNAP (food stamp)-receiving households
- 41% of Veterans Health Administration-enrolled vets are obese
- Nearly 1 in 4, 24% have diabetes.
- VA patients also tend to be older, have lower incomes, and have limited access to high-quality, healthy food
There are 1,649 veteran facilities registered with the VA and 8,482 farmers markets registered with the USDA.
With the launch of Community Foodworks' new VA-Farmers Market Finder, veterans, social workers, and policy makers can now locate farmers markets near veteran facilities nationwide and encourage food-insecure, high health-risk veterans to visit their local market and adopt healthy habits founded on eating well.
HOW TO USE THE TOOL
MAKING USE OF THE DATA
In late 2015, Community Foodworks launched a pilot program to help address access to fresh food among a small group of DC vets. Dubbed the Veteran Vegetable Prescription Program, or V2Rx, the program had astonishing success for its limited duration.
Visit the Programs Page to read more.
DON'T SEE YOUR MARKET?
The map is populated by public USDA Local Food Directory database. If you don't see a market displayed on the map, please visit the Local Food Directory Registration & Update page to add or update a market listing.
The VA-Farmers Market Mapping site is a dynamic tool. Over the next few weeks, you will see more data layered onto the map, such as obesity, hunger, and poverty rates. We are also aiming to map all available incentive programs, made possible by the USDA's FINI Grant program. All of these data points will help build narrative around veteran health, wellbeing and access to healthy food.