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Expanding Food Security in Military Families


Since 2010, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department of Defense have supported OneOp in delivering evidence-based programming focused on improving the well-being of military families.

This year, the newest series within the Military Family Readiness Academy streamlines the efforts of these two agencies into a single focus: to expand food security in military families.

We appreciate that the OneOp team is emphasizing food and nutrition security for military families. In defending the freedom and security of our country, these families deserve to also be on the frontline of receiving the evidence-based education that can promote self-sufficiency, nutritional health, and well-being.

Brent Elrod, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

We value the support of our longtime advocate, Brent Elrod, Science Programs Officer and Agency Scientific & Research Integrity Office at USDA–NIFA. Please read the attached letter of support from Mr. Elrod to learn more about USDA–NIFA’s dedication to nutrition security.

Brent Elrod’s Letter of Support

2023 MFRA logo wheat icon in front of a blue starThe June 2023 Academy series will dive into the breadth of USDA food and nutrition programs and benefits and explore how service members can better leverage these programs to reduce food insecurity.

Learn more about the 2023 Academy series Military Families and Food Security: A Call to Action!


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