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

CONNECTING RESOURCES

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

 
 
 

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.

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