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MFAN’s work has been covered in national and local print, broadcast, and digital news. Whether we’re discussing our latest research, introducing the broader public to the modern military family, or weighing in on our lifestyle, we’re committed to responsibly representing military families based on what we see in our research and what we experience firsthand.
The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) has launched the latest iteration of its biennial Military Family Support Programming Survey, a national study that has helped shape the narrative around military life. All active-duty service members, veterans, and their families are encouraged to participate and provide feedback on their experiences.Read more
The 2019 Military Family Advisory Network study surveyed 7,785 military personnel, including nearly 4,000 on active duty. It found that 9 percent of the active-duty personnel could be going hungry.Read more
Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) introduced the bipartisan Equal Access to the Right Nutrition for Military Families Act (EARN Act). The EARN Act addresses food insecurity experienced by military families by increasing access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for military families.Read more
Too many service members are struggling to meet their families’ basic needs. This is inexcusable — and it poses a threat to national security. A 2019 survey, conducted by MFAN, of 7,800 members of military families found that 12.5% experienced food insecurity as defined by the federal government, compared to 10.5% of all U.S. households; in a smaller sample of military families taken this year, the number increased to more than 20%.Read more
The Defense Department now "owns" that food insecurity among military families is a readiness and national security issue, an official reported. "Having this open dialogue that it’s an issue, and trying to lead families to support systems is important," adds Shelley Kimball, Ph.D., senior director of research and program evaluation for MFAN. "Organizations can work together to make sure families get the food they need now, but also to provide the long-term support families need."Read more
Military and veteran spouses selected from nationwide search to represent their communities and provide a deeper understanding of what today’s military families need and value. One of MFAN’s greatest assets, the advisory board is a talented group of military and veteran spouses who are leaders, changemakers, and champions for military families in their community and around the world.Download