Food and Economic Security

Food Assistance

Food Distributions

MFAN delivered on our promise to provide urgent relief to military and veteran families experiencing food insecurity, distributing over one million meals to military families in 2021, and another half a million in 2022.

We’ve hosted dozens of food distribution events in the four geographic areas our research identified as having the greatest need: Fort Liberty, North Carolina, Fort Cavazos, Texas, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, and Norfolk, Virginia. But our work is far from over.

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, support services, and resources in their neighborhood.

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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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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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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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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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The Basic Needs Allowance (BNA) is a monthly allowance for active duty service members with dependents whose gross household income falls below 150% of federal poverty.

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