The Shocking Truth of Military Families and Hunger
By Leibman A
Including military members’ Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) as income when determining eligibility for SNAP is not only inconsistent with the treatment of BAH by other federal programs, it has made thousands of struggling families ineligible for vital SNAP benefits. In order to survive, they are turning to food pantries on and off military bases.
The BAH is excluded as income for the purposes of calculating income taxes and eligibility for Women, Infants and Children and Head Start programs. The BAH should be consistently excluded as income for the purposes of determining eligibility for all nutrition assistance programs.
November 16, 2017
Leibman A (2016) 'The Shocking Truth of Military Families and Hunger'. MomsRising Blog. Available online: https://www.momsrising.org/blog/militarymonday-the-shocking-truth-of-military-families-and-hunger