Advocates push for more help for military families struggling with hunger – U.S. – Stripes

Military spouse Bianca Strzalkowski faced what too many military families are experiencing today: not enough food.When her husband, a Marine, received orders to move to from their first duty station at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona, Strzalkowski was unable to find work there.“We quickly spiraled into a very sad, and what I consider shameful, time, as he was a sergeant in the Marine Corps. We had to rely on food bank food,” she said during an event Wednesday hosted by MAZON, a Jewish advocacy organization focused on ending hunger.The current rate of unemployment for military spouses is 24%, according to the Defense Department. When Strzalkowski’s family moved again, back to North Carolina, the financial strain continued.“We could not get out of this cycle of financial hardship. We leaned on payday advance loans that sometimes had interest rates of 40%,” Strzalkowski said.

Source: Advocates push for more help for military families struggling with hunger – U.S. – Stripes

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