OneOp’s 2023 Military Family Readiness Academy (MFRA) will focus on expanding food security for our military family population by mobilizing family service professionals at federal, state, and local levels to work together on this issue.
An estimated 24% of our nation’s active-duty service members and their families are food insecure. Within this population, we see a confluence of factors impacting food security, such as spouse unemployment, frequency of moves, and enlisted service member pay grade and rank. USDA and the Department of Defense (DoD) recognize food insecurity as a risk to military readiness, and DoD further recognizes food insecurity as a national security risk. Additionally, food insecurity among military families decreases military retention and increases healthcare costs. Food insecurity disproportionately impacts racial/ethnic minority populations, lower-income populations, and rural and remote populations. A rise in economic insecurity throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has also contributed to increased food insecurity in vulnerable populations.
OneOp will offer two programmatic efforts related to food security: Food Security in Focus and Military Families and Food Security: A Call to Action. Food Security in Focus will offer live and on-demand programming related to food security. The June 2023 Academy series Military Families and Food Security: A Call to Action will include an asynchronous course focused on the specific context of military families and food security, and two live workshop events for family service providers. The workshops will inspire and support DoD and Cooperative Extension providers to work together to expand food security for military families in their communities. Find programming around food security by clicking the button below.
Military Families and Food Security: A Call to Action details coming soon!
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