Congress Excludes Aid to Address Military Hunger in NDAA

2020-NDAA121120_550x350

Washington, DC (Dec. 11, 2020) — Earlier today, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021, which did not include the proposed Military Family Basic Needs Allowance, a vital change to help battle hunger and food insecurity in the military. MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and the National Military Family Association (NMFA) led a national campaign urging support for this bipartisan provision, which would have provided a targeted and temporary allowance for low-income military families to boost their modest pay, so they could reliably put food on the table. Over 100 local, state, and national groups joined MAZON in urging Congress to adopt this provision in the final NDAA.

Lost in the coverage around President Trump’s threat to veto this bipartisan bill, that has passed both chambers with overwhelming support, is that Congress and this Administration have once again overlooked the needs of struggling military families. In response to the news of the failure to include the Allowance in the NDAA passed by the U.S. House and Senate, Abby J. Leibman, MAZON’s President & CEO, issued the following statement:

“Congress’ failure to include the Military Family Basic Needs Allowance in this year’s NDAA is a shameful testament to how expendable struggling military families are to some of our nation’s leaders. Even as COVID-19 is intensifying economic distress and resulting hunger and food insecurity nationwide, including many serving in the military, Congress and the current Administration continue to inexplicably ignore this crisis.

It is imperative that the incoming Biden-Harris Administration take concrete action to address military hunger, particularly since Congress has demonstrated that it is unwilling or incapable of doing so. Our leaders must make it a top priority to remove existing bureaucratic barriers that prevent access to federal food assistance programs like SNAP (formerly food stamps). We cannot allow those who serve and protect our country to continue to go hungry.”

Ashish Vazirani, NMFA’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, joined Leibman in her concern:

“No military family should go hungry, but thousands are. Every day, our troops continue to serve our nation while Congress ignores their families’ most basic needs. These service members, often excluded from food stamps and the safety net programs that could keep their families fed, are forced to turn to the food pantries on or near every U.S. military installation just to put food on the table. While one in ten Americans are now food insecure, the pre-existing crisis for military families is only getting worse. Meanwhile, Congress has once again passed on the opportunity to take action.

We can no longer ignore this issue — and these families. The same leaders empowered to send our service members into battle must take whatever action necessary to ensure that no military family goes hungry again.”

Additionally, both MAZON and NMFA want to thank Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) for her tireless commitment to advancing anti-hunger policies that address the acute needs of military families. Over nearly two decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Davis was a champion in the fight against hunger and we’re proud to have had her in our corner in reforming the provisions of the NDAA.

About MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger:

Inspired by Jewish values and ideals, MAZON is a national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. For more information on MAZON, please visit mazon.org.

About the National Military Family Association:

The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. We provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded, or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA.

Contact

National Military Family Association
2800 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.931.6632

[email protected]

© 2020 - National Military Family Association | Privacy Policy

Let's Connect

Columbia, NC

Operation Purple Camp

Eastern 4-H Center is owned and operated by NC State University. The Center's staff is dedicated to providing every camper an opportunity to feel accepted, valued, and cared about as a member of the summer camp community. Creating friendships and a sense of safety are as important to us as the activities we teach. Our vision is to establish an enjoyable and exciting summer camp program that contributes to the development of each camper's character, along with the development of important life skills. Our summer camp experience enables campers to learn these skills while doing a variety of traditional summer camp activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, learning about nature, team challenge course, sports and games, arts and crafts, and archery. Eastern 4-H Center is also outfitted with modern recreational facilities and lodgings to make campers feel comfortable during their stay. We hope your camper will join us for a fun filled week.

Camp Dates

July 21 - 26

r

Camper Ages

8 - 13 years old

Camp Contact

Jennifer Standish
252-797-4800
[email protected]

Camp Applications Open March 2

Day(s)

:

Hour(s)

:

Minute(s)

:

Second(s)