Food Insecurity

Food Assistance

Food Distributions

MFAN delivered on our promise to provide urgent relief to military and veteran families experiencing food insecurity. We’re humbled to report that we officially distributed over one million meals to military families in 2021. But our work is far from over.

We are hosting additional food distribution events throughout 2022 in the four geographic areas our research identified as having the greatest need: Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Hood, Texas, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, and Norfolk, Virginia.

Our goal at every event is to provide each military family household with the equivalent of at least 50 pounds of food and household items. These events not only provide families with food to last for a few meals, but also introduce participants to food banks, programs, and resources in their neighborhood.

Register for a food distribution near you.

Education Events

The heart of our mission is connecting military families with the resources in their community that they need in order to thrive. To further that mission, we have launched a virtual education series to complement our food distribution events.

Upcoming Events

  • Road to Wellness: Join us on Facebook Live on September 21 at 4 p.m. ET for a webinar with experts from the American Red Cross Military and Veteran Caregiver Network who will share mental health resources and services that can be used by your entire family. Register to watch.

Past Events

  • Everything But the Kitchen $ink: Learn how to take control of your financial future from experts at Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and the Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA). Watch the recording.
  • Food Matters: How to stock your pantry, build a balanced plate, and avoid waste. Nutrition professionals teach you how to prepare nutritious meals and avoid food waste for your family. Watch the recording.
  • P-EBT and Summer Food Service Program, in partnership with the Food Research & Action Center. Watch the recording.
  • Planning for the Unexpected: A Guide for the Modern Military PCS, in partnership with MILLIE. Watch the recording.

Find Resources

NSLP

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.

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P-EBT

Through Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT), eligible schoolchildren receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards that they can use to buy food.

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WIC

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides participants with nutritious foods to supplement diets; information on healthy eating, including breastfeeding promotion and support; and referrals to health care.

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SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program that provides individuals and families who have low incomes with nutrition benefits to buy food at stores.

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