SAN DIEGO, AP -The hidden issue has been a problem for years at one of the most financially secure institutions on the planet. It’s only got more dire during the coronavirus epidemic. Around 160,000 active-duty military personnel are having difficulty taking care of their families.

 The figure provided by Feeding America, which coordinates the work of over 200 food bank across the nation, highlights how  wilson’s fitness madolyn smith muscular man crunch fitness roanoke la fitness tualatin chuze fitness cypress fitness showrooms super supplements revive supplements carioca exercise grapevine exercise motivada the long-term problem of food insecurity has extended into all aspects of American life, including the military.

 The extent of the issue is the subject of discussion due to a lack of research. But, some activists say that it’s a problem that has been around for many years. The majority of the affected are the military’s junior personnel (ranks E1-E4 in the military terminology) as well as their kids.

 Vince Hall, Feeding America’s official public relations officer told Feeding America that “it’s a shocking fact that’s been reported by a number of food banks across America.” “This could be a source of deep embarrassment.”

 The study estimates that 29% of troops in the  viva margarita fusion grill sodium nitride grapevine cafe amazing glazed health care plans labette health little caesars menu skyrim floating health bars corktown health center kims seafood citrucel caplets french press exercise ryse supplements youngest rank of enlisted had food insecurity over the course of the previous year.

 James Bohannon (34), A Naval E4 (petty officers third class) from San Diego, said, “It’s what it is.” He is dependent on food assistance for his two daughters.

 “You know what you’re signing yourself up for when you join the military,” he said, as he emerged from an event of food distributions in the drive-thru, organized by the local Armed Services YMCA branch. “But I’m not going to be honest. It’s tough.”

 Many spouses of military are forced to relocate frequently because of the low wages and the insufficient benefits for  tru supplements retro fitness fray fitness nata lee kaden health carie health red cedar message board cat exercise wheel diy fitness unlimited chinese buffet leahi health englewood health physician network alamance health care junior officers. Also, the internal military culture of self-sufficiency makes many reluctant to speak about their difficulties, for fear they will be regarded as irresponsible.

 The problem is compounded due to an obscure Agriculture Department rule that prevents the families of military members in need in obtaining the SNAP government assistance program, commonly known as food stamps.

 “It’s one of those things that the American population isn’t aware of yet it’s an issue that is commonplace among military members. This is something we are aware of,” stated Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, an Illinois Democrat and former Blackhawk pilot who suffered injuries when a helicopter crashed in Iraq. “We are the most powerful military on earth however, those on the lowest levels of our ranks in the military -, whether married with children or not — are hungry. How do you keep your eyes at the task and defend our democracy? If you’re concerned about whether or not your child has dinner tonight?”

 Meredith Knopp, CEO of a food bank in St. Louis and an Army veteran, explained that the problem is widespread across all military branches. She recalled as an officer in the midst of Texas being met by a private holding a baby.

 “They were making plans to shut off the electricity as he couldn’t pay his bills,” she said. This was shocking for me.

 Perhaps the best indicator of how ingrained  crossroads fitness barberitos johnny rockets middle deltoid exercise exercise induced rhinitis cooking puns paradise biryani thecoli craigslist san antonio barn door health bungee fitness la fitness employee portal fitness trainer the issue has become is the fact that a extensive network of military-related charitable organizations , such as the Armed Services YMCA and Blue Star Families has built an system of food banks that are located near most major domestic bases.

 San Diego is a potential the epicenter due to its high housing prices and proximity to several bases of military. Brooklyn Pittman, whose husband Matthew is in the Navy was shocked by the financial shocks that came with moving to California this year from West Virginia.

 “We were able to save a lot of money accrued, but then we moved out here and it was difficult,” she said. “We were still paying student loans and everything on top of everything else.”

 The savings evaporated quickly and the little money she earns from dog-sitting didn’t even come close to covering the shortfall. The couple thought of sleeping in their car at the property until their next pay day.

 Pittman was one of the 320 families that participated in the Armed Services YMCA’s November drive-thru food distribution. The YMCA has hosted events like this for more than 10 years. However, when the pandemic struck, it grew its operations from six sites to 11 across the United States and increased the frequency of the San Diego-area events.