Capital Area Food Bank Inc.
Food Assistance Support for Military Families and Veterans
The Capital Area Food Bank believes that everyone deserves access to good, healthy food in every community. Military spouse employment lags far behind their counterparts, and the pandemic has further disrupted many military families’ second income impacting household budgets and threatening their ability to put food on the table. While data on the number of junior enlisted servicemembers living in poverty are a greater challenge to aggregate, Capital Area Food Bank learned during implementation of their BWF-supported food pantry on Ft. Belvoir that these military families are at particular risk with basic pay income levels often below a living wage. This BWF grant will provide 80,000 meals to at least 2,000 food-insecure active-duty military families and veterans at Fort Belvoir, Fort Myer, the USO Warrior and Family Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (Bethesda Naval), and Joint Base Andrews.