Ending Veteran Hunger: Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on Food Insecurity

Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

Date: 07.11.22

Location: Veterans Association of North County

Presiding: Chairman Mike Levin

On Monday July 11, the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold a hearing entitled, "Ending Veteran Hunger: Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on Food Insecurity."

Witness List

Panel 1 


Dr. Christine Going, EdD, MPA, RD, FACHE 

 National Food Security Program Coordinator (Detailed) 

 Nutrition & Food Services Program Office 

Department of Veterans Affairs 


Accompanied by:

Mr. Daniel Santibáñez 

Chief, Nutrition and Food Services 

VA San Diego Healthcare System 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 


Dr. Matthew Rabbitt 

Research Economist, Economic Research Service 

U.S. Department of Agriculture 


Mr. Rick Wanne 

 Director of Self-Sufficiency Services 

 Health and Human Services Agency 

County of San Diego 


Accompanied by: 

Mr. Wilfred Quintong 

Director of the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs 

County of San Diego 


Panel 2 

Ms. Anahid Brakke 

CEO & President 

SD Hunger Coalition 


Mr. Casey Castillo 

Chief Executive Officer 

Jacobs/Cushman San Diego Food Bank 


Ms. Karla Samayoa 

Director of Safety Net Services 

211 San Diego 


Mr. Anthony Stewart 




This hearing will be livestreamed on Youtube and you can find all hearing documents on the Committee Repository here.