A Twitter chat is like a meeting on Twitter; it has a specific discussion topic and a scheduled start time. Using the hashtag #MilCents at the end of each tweet, MFAN will ask questions to a group of financial experts.
MFAN uses mixed-methods to understand the experiences of military families. As in years past, 2019 respondents mirror the actively serving force, with an especially strong representation of enlisted families. Learn more about the scientific approach and respondents here.Learn More
MFAN began exploring military family food insecurity 2017. This year, the research team expanded the focus on food insecurity, allowing for a clear understanding of the incidents and severity as well as the demographics and locations of those most effected. Our data show that 15.3 percent of respondents are experiencing some form of food scarcity. But 12.7 percent are food insecure, as measured by the USDA Six-Item Short Form Food Security Scale. Some families are choosing foods that are less expensive but also have less nutritional value in an effort to stretch resources, others are skipping meals to feed their children, or are seeking out foodbanks and other community resources in an effort to make ends meet.