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Supportive Programs and Benefits to Expand Food Security for Military Families

Wed June 7th: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT


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Family sitting at table having a meal, with woman dressed in military fatigues.

About This Panel Discussion:

Dr. Angela Odoms-Young facilitates a panel discussion among expert representatives from federal agencies to explain how military families can access benefits and programs aimed at alleviating food insecurity. 

This 90-minute event uncovers how various food security programs and benefits may intersect and align. This panel discussion equips service providers with the knowledge needed to make the best possible recommendations and referrals for the families they serve.

This event will feature a controlled chat pod which will allow participants to submit questions directly to panelists. You may also submit questions to the panelists in advance by emailing contact@oneop.org 

Learning Objectives

  1. Providers will have a deeper knowledge of supportive programs and benefits that may expand food security for military families.
  2. Providers will be able to explain how families can make the most of the programs for which they are qualified.
  3. Providers will be equipped to make targeted and appropriate recommendations and referrals to various supportive programs and benefits to fit individual client needs and contexts.


2023 MFRA logo wheat icon in front of a blue starJoin us as we mobilize family service professionals at federal, state, and local levels to focus on expanding food security for our military family population with the 2023 Military Family Readiness Academy, Military Families and Food Security: A Call to Action.


Service providers have the ability to expand food security in the communities they support. Join the 2023 Academy series to explore food insecurity’s impact on military families, and discover how to apply your knowledge to the communities you serve!

2023 MFRAcademy

LinkedIn Group

Make the most of the experience by joining the Military Families and Food Insecurity LinkedIn Group where you can connect with other service providers working to help families affected by food insecurity.


Dr. Angela Odoms-Young, The Nancy Schlegel Meining Associate Professor of Maternal and Child Nutrition, Cornell University and the Director of the Food and Nutrition Education in Communities Program (FNEC) and New York State Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program


Ms. Jerilyn Busch, Director of Military Compensation Policy, DoD

Mr. Andrew Cohen, Director of Financial Readiness, DoD

Dr. Caree Cotwright, Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity, USDA

Dr. Cathy Flynn, Associate Director (Research) for Military Community & Family Policy, DoD

Sgt. Maj. Michael Saucedo, Senior Enlisted Advisor to Defense Commissary Agency Director, DoD

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

  • Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS): This program has been submitted for 1.5 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CFCS.
  • Certified Nutrition and Wellness Educator (CNWE): This program has been submitted for 1.5 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CNWE.
  • Case Manager: This program has been approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide board-certified case managers with 1.5 clock hours.
  • Board Certified Patient Advocates: This program has been pre-approved by the Patient Advocate Certification Board (PACB) to provide continuing education credit to Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). The program has been approved for a total of 1.5 CE contact hours, of which 0.0 are in the area of Ethics.
  • Social Work, LPC, LMFT: This program has been submitted for 1.5 CEs from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
  • Accredited Financial Counselors (AFC): This program has been approved for 1.5 CEUs from the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) for AFCs.
  • Certified Personal Finance Counselors (CPFC): This program has been approved for 1.5 CEs from FinCert for CPFCs.
  • Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE): This program has been approved for 1.5 CEs from National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for CFLEs.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and Nutrition Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTR): This program has been approved for 1.5 CPEU from the Commission on Dietetic Registration for RDNs and NDTRs.
  • A OneOp Certificate of Attendance will be available.

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Event Materials

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