If you’re worried about putting food on your table, there’s help available. Here are some of the great resources that are meant to help families make sure that food isn’t something they have to worry about!
MilMapSM can help you find food resources, like food banks and food pantries, in your local community. An easy search by zip code or address and help is at your fingertips. (MilMap can also connect you to counseling, financial education, kid-friendly activities, and more.)
P-EBT is a benefit created to provide support to families of school-age children who, due to school closures/virtual learning, no longer have access to free or reduced-price school meals. You may also be eligible if you’ve lost your job or had a reduction in hours/wages due to the pandemic. Each state has its own P-EBT implementation plan and application process. Click the link to connect to your state’s P-EBT page. (Military families apply through their state of residence.)
Depending upon where you live, there are grab and go student meal sites that have been set up to distribute meals to replace the school meals your child(ren) may no longer have access to due to schools closing or taking place virtually. Click on the link to find a site near you. (Use of grab-and-go meals does not affect your ability to receive other benefits you may be entitled to receive.)
Aid & Relief Societies
The official charity of the U.S. Air Force, the Air Force Aid Society provides emergency financial assistance, educational support, and community programs to Airmen and their families. The organization has also instituted emergency assistance, virtual schooling grants, and college education assistance for those who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.
AER ensures no Soldier faces financial hardship on their own. Zero-interest loans, grants, and educational scholarships are just a few of the resources available through AER. In response to COVID-19, AER has also responded with financial assistance for costs associated with childcare for working spouses/spouses seeking employment, remote education and tutoring support, help with Tricare for USAR and ARNG soldiers affected by a loss of income, and other forms of direct assistance.
If you are associated with the U.S. Coast Guard, you are most likely eligible to request assistance on behalf of yourself or your immediate family members. Forms of relief provided by Coast Guard Mutual Assistance include emergency assistance, housing support, medical and dental assistance, quick loan programs, and more.
NMCRS provides financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Service of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need. Forms of support include quick assist loans, disaster relief, emergency travel, and COVID-19 specific relief.
We encourage you to learn more about these resources that may make it easier to provide meals for your school-aged children. And we ask you to share this information with family and friends who might benefit from this as well.