Food

Cars line up at a March food distribution event at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

A new report says military families are relying more on food banks and other emergency aid, partly because military spouses lost their jobs or had their hours cut during the pandemic.

Chef Ellen Adams (right), an Air Force veteran, helps fellow veteran Linda Costello coat apples in chocolate.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

A cooking program in upstate New York helps veterans find camaraderie in the kitchen.

A citrus worker in Plymouth, Fla. grades oranges in this 1942 photo.
Florida Citrus Exchange, McKay Archives, Florida Southern College

An effort to prevent scurvy in U.S. troops led to the growth of the orange juice industry, popularizing what had been a relatively obscure beverage.

Vietnam-era veteran Diane Fike selects vegetables at the Austin, Tex. VA food pantry. Studies have found a growing number of veterans are food insecure, including many who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

More than 1.4 million veterans of all ages rely on government food assistance, but food insecurity is disproportionately common among post 9/11 veterans.

Kara Dethlefsen, 27, an active duty Marine, attends the monthly food pantry at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base near San Diego. Her husband is also a Marine and she said the food assistance helps them get ready for his transition to civilian life.
Dorian Merina / American Homefront

Thousands of military households rely on government food assistance programs, but the Pentagon doesn't track how many service members have trouble feeding their families.