Food Insecurity Military Family Advisory Network

March 11, 2021

Episode 158

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Today we are discussing food insecurity with Dr. Shelley Kimball from the Military Family Advisory Network. This complex challenge can have a lasting consequence especially for our military children. MFAN will highlight how as a bonded community we can support those in need.


Show Notes:



U.S. Military Family Food Insecurity: How the USO is Trying to Help · United Service Organizations


Why are many of America's military families going hungry? (


Food Insecurity Among Service Members and Veterans - Military Families Learning Network


Food Insecurity Affects School Children's Academic Performance, Weight Gain, and Social Skills | The Journal of Nutrition | Oxford Academic (

Food insecurity and its consequences for children’s development - COVID-19 intensifies the problem (


Shelley Kimball, Ph.D.  Senior director of research and program evaluation

Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN)


As the research director for the Military Family Advisory Network, Shelley Kimball gathers the real-life experiences of military families to understand where they most need support and making sure they get it. She has presented MFAN’s research to the White House, on Capitol Hill, and at the Pentagon, where it has been used to shape policy affecting military families.


Dr. Kimball was awarded the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation for her service writing about military families in 2018. She received the Swivel Shot Award in 2014, an award from the commandant of the Coast Guard, in recognition for outstanding service and leadership. She was also recognized as the 2013 Coast Guard Spouse of the Year in 2013 by Armed Forces Insurance.


She teaches qualitative research methods and media law at The George Washington University. Her husband retired from Coast Guard aviation after 28 years of service.

This podcast was made possible thanks to Flow Mazda in Fayetteville.  

Food insecurity is affecting our community including our military families. Help us fill a car of non-perishable food during our Grand Opening Event that will support the YMCA Ft. Bragg Food Pantry. We will be accepting canned donations at our new state-of-the-art facility, at Skibo Rd. now until March 18th


And don't miss your chance to participate in our hybrid celebration (online and at our location) on March 18th. The Grand Opening Charity Event will be filled with giveaways, virtual tours, and more to celebrate our community. Visit for details.



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