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Resources for Addressing Food Access for Military Families

Resources for Addressing Food Access for Military Families

Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is one way we can measure and assess the risk of hunger. In the United States currently, 1 in 9 people struggle with hunger.

This webinar discusses the resources available through the Extension and Land Grant university system and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to increase proper nutrition for those working with vulnerable military service members. Then we discuss specific data from research around food insecurity among Veterans. The webinar also includes information on federal programs available to increase food access for military families, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance.

Learning Objectives:

After participating in this webinar participants will:

  1. Define food security and distinguish the difference between the four levels of food security
  2. Describe the national prevalence of food insecurity
  3. Identify potential collaborations with Land Grant Universities and Cooperative Extension
  4. Describe patterns of food insecurity among veterans.
  5. Identify resource gaps among veterans.
  6. Recognize patterns of food insecurity among military families.


Dr. Karla Shelnutt is an Associate Professor, Extension Nutrition Specialist, and Registered Dietitian in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences.

Dr. Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth is a Distinguished Professor of Human Development & Family Studies, the Director of the Center for Families, the Director of the Military Family Research Institute, and the Executive Director of the Family Impact Institute at Purdue University.

Dr. Heather Eicher-Miller is an Associate Professor at Purdue University.

Kirsten O’Nell is the Health & Wellness Coordinator at the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA).

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