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THE NEED

Many service members worry about feeding themselves or their families.

As prices increase at the grocery stores and inflation takes a bigger bite out of household budgets, many families, including our military families, have difficulty stretching their food budget until their next paycheck.


A report presented by the Senate Appropriations Committee reveals that one in eight military families was food insecure before the pandemic. Now, the number has grown to one in five. Incredibly, 29 percent of troops in the most junior enlisted ranks report facing food insecurity during the previous year.

Service members often experience unique challenges that make them more likely to face hunger, including limited income, cost of living, deployment, and other financial commitments and obligations unique to military life. For instance, the recent deployments of National Guard and reserve personnel to respond to the pandemic, civil unrest, and natural disasters have exacerbated the problem of food insecurity.

The USDA defines food insecurity as the lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members. Individuals and families who are food insecure are not necessarily food insecure all the time and may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between essential basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.

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