When Active-Duty Service Members Struggle To Feed Their Families

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Via Dorian Merina/KPCC


Food insecurity faced by military families…

Kara Dethlefsen lined up early on a recent morning for the food pantry at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base near San Diego. She and her husband, both active-duty Marines, took turns holding their 4-month-old daughter.

“We most like to get the avocados, lemons, some vegetables to cook up,” says Dethlefsen, 27, who first heard about the pantry from an on-base nurse after giving birth.

“This probably saves us anywhere from $100-300 each time we come,” she says. That’s key for her young family. Her husband is getting ready to transition to civilian life after five years of military service, and they’re not sure what financial challenges that could bring.

Read on at The Salt.

More Military Families Are Relying on Food Banks and Pantries

Despite the economic recovery, more than 46 million Americans — or 1 in 7 — used a food pantry last year. And a surprisingly high number of those seeking help were households with military members, according to a new survey by Feeding America, which is a network of U.S. food banks.

The survey — conducted in 2013 — found that almost 620,000 of the households using Feeding America services have at least one member currently in the military. That’s one-quarter of all U.S. military households.

To read the full article please visit The Salt. 

How to Order Pizza From a Nuclear Command Bunker

I spent months working with the U.S. Air Force to get access to a remote underground nuclear bunker in Nebraska for our radio series on America’s missile forces. There was only one question left to answer before I left.

What did I want for lunch?…

But I was wrong to be worried. The men and women who keep the proverbial finger on America’s nuclear button are actually a bunch of foodies. The job of nuclear launch officer requires them to undertake grueling 24-hour alerts, often twice a week. Food is what keeps them going.

To read the full article please visit The Salt.

Private pizza: Military meal that lasts three years almost ready

“You can basically take the pizza, leave it on the counter, packaged, for three years and it’d still be edible,” said Michelle Richardson, a food scientist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Scientists at the Natick labs also are responsible for developing equipment and clothing that improves soldiers’ combat effectiveness and their survival, but the quest for good pizza has become known as the holy grail there.

Read more from Fox News.

New Zealand soldiers broke rules over 'disgusting' food

A former soldier and SAS member says food served at the Waiouru Army camp was so bad, he and fellow soldiers broke the rules to cook their own food in their barracks.

Earlier this week APNZ reported some Defence Force troops based at the camp ordering viagra online were so frustrated by “disgusting” meals they set up a Facebook page to highlight what they’re served. The page, titled ‘Waiouru’s delectable delights’, has now been taken down from the social network website, but it showed pre-packaged meals with stews and mashed foods and one soup that appeared to be vegetables immersed in a watery liquid.

Read more at the New Zealand Herald.