Food Insecurity Among U.K. Veterans

Stretesky, Paul and Defeyter, Greta (2023) Food Insecurity Among U.K. Veterans. Armed Forces & Society. 0095327X2211510. ISSN 0095-327X (In Press)

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This research compares food insecurity for U.K. veterans and nonveterans using the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 10-item Adult Food Security Survey Module (AFSSM) for a sample of 1,492 participants. We find 1 in 10 veterans are living in a food-insecure household but that veteran status is not related to food insecurity. In addition, income and housing benefits are correlated with food insecurity for veterans and for nonveterans, but disability benefits are correlated with food insecurity among veterans only. Specifically, veterans with disability benefits averaged 1.12 (95% confidence interval, [0.42, 1.82]) more points (indicating more food insecurity) on the AFFSM than veterans without those benefits. These findings raise concerns that low-income disabled veterans with housing needs are a unique population at risk of living in food insecurity. Given the absence of research on food insecurity among U.K. veterans, it is necessity to study this population in greater detail and implement screening protocols where possible.

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Additional Information: Funding information: The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. However, we would like to thank the Departments of Social Sciences and Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University for supplying the funding to pay for the YouGov sample.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food security, hunger, veteran aid, veteran transition, Armed Forces Covenant, Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2023 09:02
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2023 10:33

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