The Surprising Face of Hunger also Wears Military Fatigues

February 29th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

 

Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN 1/27/12 Joseph and Army Sgt. Sandy Cornet register at the Killeen Food Care pantry on Friday, Morning Jan. 27, 2012

Close your eyes, and think of the first image of what a hungry person in Central Texas looks like. Is it a homeless man holding a sign on the side of the highway? Is it a woman standing in line at a food pantry? Is it a child in an after school program?

All of those images are correct. But let’s add one more image to that scene that probably doesn’t come to mind – a soldier.

This weekend, the Austin-American Statesman ran a feature story on Fort Hood military families struggling with the same issues as many working poor Americans. In addition to low-pay, these families often struggle with the emotional toll of serious injuries, long deployments, death and adjusting to post-deployment life.

The Fort Hood area in Bell County is part of the Capital Area Food Bank’s service territory. In addition to distributing food through the Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Pantry in Bartlett, CAFB provides food and grocery products to 22 Partner Agencies in Bell County. In partnership with Target’s Meals for Minds Program and Communities in Schools, CAFB brings families together at East Ward elementary school in Killeen each month for a fun-filled evening of educational activities, a hot nutritious meal and to receive nutritious food to prepare at home.

A family receives a hot dinner at the Target Meals for Minds in Killeen

Your support ensures that the men and women risking their lives to serve our nation have one less thing to worry about – ensuring their family has enough food on the table. Thank you for helping us serve those who help keep us safe.

Read the Austin-American Statesman story.

View the Austin-American Statesman story slideshow.