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This is a guest post written by Danny Reed of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The original content may be found here.
No one should ever have to face food insecurity, especially our veterans. Thankfully, the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) has partners like the Military Advisory Family Network (MFAN) working to take on food insecurity for veterans and their families.
At a recent event near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Keith Whitcomb, U.S. Army veteran and Director of Development Operations at BWF, joined MFAN as they distributed groceries to approximately 550 families. Each package of groceries included 40 pounds of chicken donated by Tyson Foods, a large bag of produce, bread, and other items.
The event was a part of MFAN’s 1 Million Meals Challenge, a campaign that was created to alleviate hunger for military families through a multi-faceted approach. MFAN’s first step is to provide immediate food relief through distribution events and local partnerships. Second, MFAN aims to connect families with ongoing support and resources. And third, MFAN is conducting research to better understand and address the factors that lead to food insecurity among military families.
Whitcomb loved seeing so many people, including State Senator T’wina Nobles, come together to package and distribute food.
“You know what’s amazing?” Whitcomb asked. “We had a ‘perfect storm’ as two of our grantees were working together to make this possible. The Mission Continues and MFAN are both supported by BWF.”
But individuals pitched in from many other organizations including:
Whitcomb has been passionate about ending food insecurity for veterans throughout his career. During his 32-year military career, he often had to motivate those under his command to seek out assistance when it came to food access. Now that he is working as a civilian, his drive to tackle food insecurity has not diminished. Thankfully, for Whitcomb, he is able to find many others who share his passion.
“It felt amazing to work with community leaders and other organizations to help a small segment of our population that has and continues to defend our country,” Whitcomb said of MFAN’s distribution event.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation has been proud to support MFAN’s One Million Meals Challenge with the support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies.
Learn more about the 1 Million Meals Challenge at militarymeals.org. Get involved by attending a food distribution event, finding food support and resources in your community, donating, or sharing your story.
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