Food insecurity is a complex issue, especially for military families. Year after year, our research consistently shows that military families have been quietly struggling. In 2021, an MFAN study found that one in five military families were experiencing food insecurity, a rise from one in eight just two years prior.
Now, we’ve made it our focus to learn why military families are food insecure so that we may work towards preventative and lasting solutions. The Causal Factors of Military and Veteran Family Food Insecurity report is a first-of-its-kind qualitative study that illuminates the challenges those who serve face every day when attempting to put food on the table.
MFAN’s doctoral-level researchers interviewed over 300 food insecure military families to better understand the causal factors, and the resultant journey, that can lead families to the point of food insecurity. Each family resided in a major military community in Texas and the Tidewater region of Virginia. These results come directly from the experiences of active duty service members, veterans, and their families.
Thank you to our research partners
Texas Research Report
Tidewater, Virginia Research Report