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Battling military food insecurity this Thanksgiving

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RENO, Nev. — Nutrient Survival is making waves this Thanksgiving by not only offering nutrient-dense survival food, but also by giving back to those who serve our nation. The veteran-led company noted that it is looking for more ways to serve those who are currently serving our country.

This Thanksgiving, Nutrient Survival is embracing the spirit of giving. The company is donating funds to buy up to 100 turkeys in support of the U.S. Army Pacific Chaplains’ Operation Helping Hand to show gratitude to the brave men and women in active-duty service. This gesture not only embodies the holiday spirit, but also underscores Nutrient Survival’s commitment to supporting those who protect our nation, the company said.

As Americans gather around our tables on November 23, it’s essential to remember that not everyone is fortunate enough to have a warm meal. The holiday season often highlights the issue of food scarcity. Recent data from the RAND Corporation (Food Insecurity in the U.S. Military: Responses to Eight Topics Raised by Congress), reveals that food insecurity is a critical issue for military families, with a surprising breakdown:

· 30 percent of military members who report living on base experience food insecurity, which is 7 percent more than members living off base who are categorized as food insecure.

· A surprising result of this analysis is how Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) factored into food insecurity for members living on base. About 75 percent of members who live on base receive BAH, and food insecurity was higher among those members (32 percent) than among those living off base who receive BAH (23 percent). Moreover, members living on base and receiving BAH were more likely to be food insecure (32 percent) than those living on base who do not receive BAH (25 percent).

· In total, 25.8 percent of Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel were food insecure, with 15.4 percent of that number being active-duty troops.

“Nutrient Survival is not just a brand; it’s a mission. And we can’t forget our roots,” Eric Christianson, Nutrient Survival CEO, and former Army Ranger, said. “Our commitment to supporting active-duty service members is a small way of expressing our gratitude for their incredible sacrifice and service.”

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