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Too many service members are struggling to meet their families’ basic needs. This is inexcusable — and it poses a threat to national security. A 2019 survey, conducted by MFAN, of 7,800 members of military families found that 12.5% experienced food insecurity as defined by the federal government, compared to 10.5% of all U.S. households; in a smaller sample of military families taken this year, the number increased to more than 20%.Read more
The Defense Department now "owns" that food insecurity among military families is a readiness and national security issue, an official reported. "Having this open dialogue that it’s an issue, and trying to lead families to support systems is important," adds Shelley Kimball, Ph.D., senior director of research and program evaluation for MFAN. "Organizations can work together to make sure families get the food they need now, but also to provide the long-term support families need."Read more
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You can now find free food support all in one place on Google's new Find Food Support site. The site features a Google Maps locator tool to help you find the nearest food bank, food pantry, or school lunch program pickup site in your community. Food insecurity impacts people from all walks of life. According to a recent MFAN survey of military families, one in five families reported experiencing food insecurity.Read more
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) announced its first phase of community partnership grants with 15 new and existing veteran and military service organizations. WWP's investments expand the resources available to America's injured veterans to help ensure they and their families thrive long-term.Read more
The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated hunger among military families, adding to pressure on bipartisan lawmakers to grant them more federal nutrition assistance. Part of the struggle to address military hunger has been the lack of data, and the hesitancy to even discuss food insecurity. “There is a culture of resilience among us,” said Dr. Shelley Kimball, MFAN's senior director of research and program evaluation and a member of a military family. “We’re maybe not as likely to go seek help, and we’re definitely not going to talk about it.”Read more