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VFW: Fighting food insecurity

By Submitted by Pat Whitehall - | Jul 7, 2021

America as always been touted as the Land of Opportunity, yet one in eight Americans faces a problem of food insecurity which is a state of being without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. Many of our service people as well as veterans find this happening all too often. It has been discovered that 25 percent of our nation’s active duty and reserve personnel must seek aide from food pantries.

The high cost of living in so many areas of the country has caused members of the military to be applying for food stamps or other financial assistance. Food banks offer some assistance, but don’t always help provide the fresh foods that are so essential for a healthy diet.

By going online to search for services that could help, members of the VFW will find the VFW Unmet Needs program. It has a very simple application process and assistance arrives in a very timely manner with a phone call letting a person know what they can receive and also finding out what their interest might be. Within a short time, help will arrive.

The VFW Auxiliary National President started a special project called Stars, Stripes & Support to also focus on helping service members fight food insecurity. Once this program was started, Auxiliary members had donated more than $100,000 to this project. The Stars, Stripes and Support funds flow through the VFW’s Unmet Needs Program.

The Unmet Needs program was created in 2004 and has awarded millions of dollars in individual grants of up to $1,500 to help veterans and service members to make ends meet. Service members, veterans and family members can submit to the Unmet Needs application online. To learn more about the program, including what the qualifications are, visit www.vfw.org/UnmetNeeds.

Joining the VFW can be so beneficial to those who qualify and the VFW at 25 Homestead Road in Lehigh Acres is always happy to welcome new members. No need to be bashful ….we’re happy to have you become part of our ever growing family!