A Twitter chat is like a meeting on Twitter; it has a specific discussion topic and a scheduled start time. Using the hashtag #MilCents at the end of each tweet, MFAN will ask questions to a group of financial experts.
As a national nonprofit, the Military Family Advisory Network uncovers challenges that military families face globally. Our research, agility, and peer advisory board have positioned us at the forefront of local and national conversations, which has led to policy changes, program development, and national collaboratives.
As we look at our data, we know that not all struggles that military families face can be solved on a national level. Many problems, including food insecurity, require local solutions. As MFAN continues to shine a light on this issue on the national stage, we are also teaming with partners to meet the real needs of military families where they live.
Here’s how we will move ahead together:
Frequent moves and separations, living far from family support systems, and challenges with child care and employment are just a few of the issues that military families face. But did you know? Some military families don’t qualify for the top resource that many Americans rely on for food assistance. Many military families are ineligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. MFAN and our partners will continue to shine a light on this issue. No family should have to go without food.
In 2018, MFAN founded the Military Family Food Insecurity Coalition to create a comprehensive response to a complicated problem. The coalition is comprised of the American Red Cross, Armed Services YMCA, Feeding America, Food Research & Action Center, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, MFAN, National Military Family Association, National WIC Association, Unite Us, United Service Organizations, United Way, and Wounded Warrior Project.