Good nutrition and a balanced diet are essential for strength and performance both on the battlefield and in the home. Eating a well-rounded diet can be difficult, but you don’t need to do it alone. Community support resources can help Soldiers and families maintain a nutritious diet and mission readiness even during difficult times. In this video, Christine Vance shares what she is doing as a Virginia Army National Guard spouse to help her community get the wholesome nutrition it needs.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and take advantage of nutrition resources available to military families. Here are some websites to help you and your family find programs and information available in your community:
- Defense Commissaries. Save money by shopping at your nearest commissary.
- Feeding America. Find a food bank in your community.
- National Farmer’s Market Directory. Locate fresh produce at your neighborhood market.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Find out if you’re eligible to receive SNAP benefits.
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Learn more about this supplemental food and nutrition resource for families.
- Healthy Eating on a Budget. Get tips from the USDA on how to maintain a healthy diet even on a budget.
- USDA’s SuperTracker. Learn about nutrition, serving sizes, and how to make healthier foods choices.