Feeding the Kids Honors Military and Family Sacrifices This Veterans Day
The non-profit organization provides food and essentials to military families as part of an ongoing effort
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK/ACCESSWIRE/November 11, 2022/ As we honor the sacrifices of military men and women on this Veterans Day, more than 160,000 active duty military families struggle to put food on the table for their children. Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on reducing child hunger, is working with partners across the country to reach these brave Americans by delivering non-perishable food, essential household items and additional supplies to veterans and active duty military.
Just this week, the nonprofit organization partnered with Operation Honor, Tyson Foods, Caregivers on the Homefront, the Chiefs Ambassadors of Kansas City and Russell Stover Chocolates to serve the families of 400 active duty military and the retirement as well as first responders.
This event is one of dozens the nonprofit organization has hosted throughout the year. This year alone, Feed the Children has distributed more than 340,000 pounds of product worth more than $3.9 million to military members and first responders through their Military Families Fund.
Despite their commitment to serve our country with honor, many junior military families live paycheck to paycheck. Not only are they worried about the deployment of their loved ones, but they are also facing rising childcare costs as well as rising food and gas prices.
The families of many military service members struggle with hunger due to financial hardship. A study by the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (USDA-ERS) showed that working-age veterans are at a 7.4% higher risk of suffering from food insecurity than non-veterans.
A recent study by Feed the Children partner Blue Star Families found that a variety of barriers make employment difficult for active duty military spouses, and they can often be unemployed or under -employed despite obtaining a university degree.
In fact, 20% of military spouses are unemployed and actively looking for work. Another 63 percent of military spouses are underemployed. The report found that a combination of issues prevent these spouses from gaining employment. Almost half of them said they would be looking for a new job next year and of these, a third of spouses said it was because their family would be moving due to receiving new orders .
For military wives like Dana, who is expecting her second child, the food and necessities provided by Feed the Children mean one less thing for her family to worry about.
“Inflation is a reality right now, so that’s really helping me, especially as I prepare to have two kids on my hands,” she said. “Everything has gone up in price and grocery stores are having a shortage right now.”
At a Feed the Children distribution event, Dana not only received food and essential household items, but also diapers, books and toys for her young son.
“It will help my son,” she said. “He’s going to play with toys, he’s going to have diapers. I’m afraid I’ll miss out.”
Working through its network of community partners in the United States, Feed the Children’s Military Family Fund provides support to thousands of military families across the country. The nonprofit organization is expanding reach and support to serve more communities near military bases by providing resources to help families.
Feed the Children supporters Joe and Cathi Maynard know full well what many military families can endure when money is tight.
“We remember the beginnings of our military careers and the help people gave us,” Joe said.
“We remember, two days before payday, deciding whether to pay bills or buy food instead. It’s tough when you’re young and have kids, especially.”
Individuals and businesses can make a difference in the lives of our nation’s heroes by supporting Feed the Children. For more information or to find out how you can help, visit feedthechildren.org.
About Feeding the Children
At Feed the Children, we feed hungry children. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the United States and around the world, we are committed to helping families and communities lead stable lives and reduce the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. . We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, provide support to teachers and students, and quickly mobilize resources to aid recovery efforts in the event of a natural disaster. Internationally, we run child-focused community development programs in eight countries. We welcome partnerships because we know that our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships. Every dollar donated goes nine times further to provide food, hope, dignity and comfort.
For more information, visit feedthechildren.org.
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