Nourish the Service



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

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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Military Kids, Childhood Food Insecurity, and Resources to Help

April 8, 2022

Military Kids, Childhood Food Insecurity, and Resources to Help Military children are the highlight of the month of April. When military families serve around the world, military kids serve, too–moving…

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When Data Supports the Experiences: Blue Star Families’ Social Impact Report

March 21, 2022

When Data Supports the Experiences: Blue Star Families’ Social Impact Report As part of Blue Star Families’ Racial Equity & Inclusion Initiative (REI), the organization hosted a virtual two-day event…

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