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The Pentagon is Stepping Up On-Base Food Options to Help Troops Battle Food Insecurity

December 21, 2023

Konstantin Toropin

A mess hall worker serves Marines during the III Marine Expeditionary Force Support Battalion Mess Hall reopening at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 2, 2022. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Reine Whitaker)

By Konstantin Toropin, / December 20, 2023

In its first update on efforts to address food insecurity among active-duty troops, the Pentagon said it's taking steps to make on-base food options more usable and attractive, but officials also noted that the department is just starting to gather the data it needs to learn how to fully root out the problem of some troops not getting enough to eat or worrying where their next meal might come from.

In addition to the pay increases and new allowances that have been passed by Congress this year -- measures that are expected to help service members with families -- a senior defense department official told making food easier to get on base is "something the services are leaned into very heavily."

"They have been doing a lot of work trying to make sure that the way service members, the single service members, who live on the installations, in the barracks, have access to food," the official said in an interview Wednesday.

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