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Nutrition and Food Services

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VHA Food Security Office

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In 2021 nearly 10.2 percent of Americans—including Veterans—were food insecure. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines “food insecurity” as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life or a household level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food and is a social determinant of health. Those who are food insecure are more likely to have physical and mental health problems.

The VHA National Food Security Office (FSO) supports Veteran whole health by ensuring food security. Our Mission is to ensure that all Veterans have equitable access to nutritious, affordable, and culturally appropriate food to support Veteran whole health through data management, partnerships and using evidence-based strategies to inform healthcare delivery to create an environment where all Veterans are food and nutrition secure.

The VA can connect Veterans with resources to help them access nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food.


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Additional Resources

Self Screen

Consider these two questions:

Within the past 12 months you worried whether your food would run out before we got money to buy more.
  • Often true
  • Sometimes true
  • Never true
Within the past 12 months the food you bought just didn’t last and you didn’t have money to get more.
  • Often true
  • Sometimes true
  • Never true
If you answered “sometimes” or “often” true, VA can help. Click the VA Services tab above to learn more.

VA Services 

Several VA teams work together to help Veterans access safe and stable food. 

Primary Care

Primary Care doctors will ask questions about your food supply at home. If you report, you sometimes run out of food or money to buy enough food your doctor may suggest you meet with someone who can help.  It is important to tell your doctor if you have trouble buying enough food so they can best treat your medical conditions.

Social Work

Your VA social worker is an important member of your healthcare team. Your social worker can provide education and connect you with VA and local resources. If you are eligible, they can help you with benefits and services that improve your ability to purchase safe and stable food.


Registered Dietitians are trained to provide nutrition therapy to prevent, improve and treat diseases. Your dietitian will provide tips for cooking low-cost meals or shopping on a budget. They will also help connect you with VA and local resources.