Addressing Food Insecurity in
Military and Veteran Families


Food insecurity is a complicated issue, and several factors give rise to its prevalence across all military- and Veteran-connected families - no matter their rank. Research is just now starting to catch up to what is already known:

The unique challenges that service members, past and present, and their families face - from spouse un- and underemployment, to child care costs, student loans, and out-of-pocket living expenses - contribute to the complexities that lead to the inaccessibility of nutritious foods.

That is why Blue Star Families is committed to making food insecurity a thing of the past by rallying around military and Veteran families, delivering military and civilian resources to those in need and empowering them to thrive.

Nourish The Service Articles

5 Quick and Cost-Friendly Meals Military Families Will Love

October 4, 2022

According to the 2020 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, more than 10% of military family respondents reported having difficulty putting food on the table, citing lack of time and money as…

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How Eating Together Improves Nourishment & Connection

September 16, 2022

Between working late, kids activities, and other obligations, a packed family schedule may mean less time to sit down and have a meal together. For military families, that time to…

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Saving Money During Back-to-School Season

August 19, 2022

Many families are feeling stressed and financially strained by inflation and supply chain issues. Amid these challenges, families are prioritizing back-to-school spending. In fact, the National Retail Federation estimates that…

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Strengthening Food Security in the Force: Strategy and Roadmap

July 29, 2022

The TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) Version In November 2021, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued a memo, “Strengthening Economic Security in the Force.” It directed the following actions:  increase…

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More Than a Grocery Store: Everything You Need to Know About the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)

June 30, 2022

In the military world, summer is the unofficial “PCS season.” Each year, about 600,000 military families relocate through a permanent change of station (PCS) or transition out of the military.…

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Your Voice Matters: The Importance of Participating in the 2022 Military Family Lifestyle Survey

May 31, 2022

Since 2009, Blue Star Families has been providing a comprehensive understanding of the experiences and challenges encountered by military families through the annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS).  The results:…

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