How Can Veterans Get Free Food?


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Veterans can get free food through community programs and organizations, government programs such as SNAP and veterans’ organizations such as the American Legion. Many restaurants offer free meals to veterans on Veteran’s Day.

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Veterans who meet the eligibility requirements for federally and state-sponsored programs can obtain benefits through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or Women, Infants and Children program. These programs provide veterans monthly benefits to enable them to purchase food or participate in programs that provide free food, such as cooperative farming programs and farmers' markets.

Many communities and local organizations have programs and facilities that provide free food to veterans, including soup kitchens, community food banks, civic and fraternal organizations, and school- or church-sponsored events and charities.

Veterans' organizations such as the American Legion, Air Force Aid Society and Navy-Marine Corp Relief Fund provide food and assistance to veterans as well. Veterans may also receive help with housing, medical care and transportation expenses under these programs. The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes provides assistance such as groceries, baby formula and household supplies to veterans.

In addition, hundreds of restaurants throughout the nation, including Olive Garden, IHOP and Outback Steak House, offer free meals to veterans on Veteran’s Day.

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