The U.S. Army released guidance this month to soldiers on how to apply for food stamps in order to deal with increasing inflation.
The Pentagon tells soldiers that they should sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is one of several options the military leaders suggest as part of the Army’s Financial Readiness Program. Soldiers can also seek financial assistance from the Army Emergency Relief program.
“With inflation affecting everything from gas prices to groceries to rent, some Soldiers and their families are finding it harder to get by on the budgets they’ve set and used before,” guidance from Sergeant Major Michael Grinston said. “Soldiers of all ranks can seek guidance, assistance, and advice through the Army’s Financial Readiness Program.”
The base pay for a private with four years of experience is $21,999 base salary, not including bonuses, meals on base, allowances, or other benefits.
“SNAP is a U.S. government program that provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families via an electronic benefits transfer card that can be used like a debit card to purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores. Service members and their families may be eligible,” the Army guidance reads. “To determine qualification, visit the SNAP website or call the SNAP information line at 800-221-5689.”
Federal inflation data released in August shows that food prices have risen at the fastest rate since the 1970’s.
“The food index increased 10.9 percent over the last year, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending May 1979,” BLS said. “The food at home index rose 13.1 percent over the last 12 months, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending March 1979,” BLS said. “The index for other food at home rose 15.8 percent and the index for cereals and bakery products increased 15.0 percent over the year. The remaining major grocery store food groups posted increases ranging from 9.3 percent (fruits and vegetables) to 14.9 percent (dairy and related products).”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the price of eggs is up nearly 40% from a year ago; while butter has jumped 38% and flour has jumped 24%.