The grant is part of Feeding America ® and Raytheon Technologies’ ongoing commitment to end military hunger in America
Austin, TX, October 27, 2022 –The Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB) has received a grant from Raytheon Technologies to increase public awareness and advocacy efforts for the estimated one in six enlisted service members and their families in Central Texas that currently face food insecurity. The Military Hunger Advocacy grant will be used by CTFB to expand its services to active duty families struggling with hunger who live in the communities near Fort Hood, the largest U.S. Army post in the country.
Central Texas Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America® network, is one of eight food banks to receive this funding from Raytheon Technologies. CTFB was identified based on its commitment to serving military families surrounding Fort Hood. The funding will be leveraged with existing programming to launch a new partnership with the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) located in Killeen. The ASYMCA opened the “Five Start Food Market” this month with assistance from CTFB, providing weekly distributions of healthy, fresh food to military families in the area.
“We’re honored to assist members of the Fort Hood community facing food insecurity,” said Sari Vatske, President and CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank. “This grant from Raytheon Technologies will help us expand our food assistance programs for military personnel and their families, as well as advance advocacy efforts for real policy solutions in support of those who give so much to this country.”
Many factors contribute to military hunger, including low base pay for junior enlisted personnel, increased rates of unemployment and underemployment for military spouses and other family members, the high cost of living near many military installations across the country, and other costly financial commitments such as student loans or childcare costs. Food insecurity can also lead to a range of health problems for service members, thereby negatively impacting the readiness of our armed forces.
Raytheon Technologies’ investment in military hunger advocacy will help food banks to identify legislative solutions for ending military hunger through hosting key events such as food distributions with targeted lawmakers and developing and distributing advocacy materials to elevate the issue of military hunger in their communities.
“Service members and their families make countless sacrifices to ensure the safety and security of our nation,” said Art Cameron, vice president of Federal Affairs at Raytheon Technologies. “This is one of the reasons why we partner with organizations like Feeding America to help provide hunger relief in underserved, military and rural communities across the country. With as many as 160,000 active-duty service members facing hunger challenges, we remain committed to supporting the people who are impacted the most.”
With the launch of the Five Star Food Market this month, the ASYMCA and CTFB will provide much-needed relief for Fort Hood families who struggle to feed their families.
To learn more about Military Hunger Advocacy or how you can join the fight to end hunger, visit www.centraltexasfoodbank.org.
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ABOUT THE CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK
Now in its 40th year of serving those in need, the mission of Central Texas Food Bank is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger. The Food Bank provides food and grocery products through a network of nearly 300 Partner Agencies and nutrition programs, serving nearly 60,000 people every week. Headquartered in Austin, the Food Bank serves 21 counties in Central Texas, an area about twice the size of Massachusetts. For more information on the Food Bank and its programs, visit centraltexasfoodbank.org.
ABOUT RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES
Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.