Food Insecurity

Combat Military Hunger

In 2019, 1 in 8 of our national survey respondents was experiencing food insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic compounded the issue, causing that number to rise to 1 in 5, shown by results released in 2021. Now, our research released in 2022 shows that 1 in 6 military families are food insecure.

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“INSTEAD OF HAVING THREE MEALS A DAY, WE ATE TWO. SOMETIMES, WE SLEPT UNTIL LATE SO WE COULD BEAT THE HUNGER AND EAT ONCE A DAY.”

– Spouse of a post-9/11 Army veteran

When families are unable to consistently afford or access adequate meals, they face a challenge known as food insecurity.

Too many military and veteran families are facing this challenge, skipping meals, making difficult choices between buying food or other essential items, and leaning on food pantries, churches, and family members for support when times are particularly tough.

We have been tracking the issues of food insecurity and hunger in the military community for years. Our research consistently shows that military families have been quietly struggling with food insecurity. In 2019, 1 in 8 of our national survey respondents was experiencing food insecurity. Data released in 2021 showed the number rose to 1 in 5 in some parts of the country, such as Washington state. The COVID-19 pandemic has further compounded the issue of food insecurity among military families and has lasting impacts. Our most recent research released in 2022 shows that 1 in 6 military families are food insecure.

We are committed to providing both big-picture solutions and immediate on-the-ground assistance to military families in need across the country — hosting food distribution events, connecting families with resources, and continuing our research.

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Food Assistance

MFAN is hosting food distribution events throughout 2021 to provide food assistance to military and veteran families.

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Our Impact on Food Insecurity

We are committed to providing both big-picture solutions and immediate on-the-ground assistance to military families who are experiencing food…

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Military Food Insecurity Statistics

Our research consistently shows that military families have been quietly struggling with food insecurity.

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“I WON’T EAT IF IT MEANS MY KIDS CAN EAT. MY HUSBAND IS THE SOLDIER, AND HE NEEDS THE FOOD MORE THAN MYSELF AS WELL.”

– Army spouse, MFAN 2019 Military Family Support Programming Survey

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