The Roy community helps military families struggling with food insecurity

Nov 10, 2023, 3:00 PM

Roy community members lined up ready to fill military family's trunks with groceries on November 10...

Roy community members lined up ready to fill military family's trunks with groceries on November 10, 2023. Photo Credit: Britt Johnson, KSL Newsradio

ROY, Utah — One-in-four military families struggle with food insecurity.  Kent’s Market, Operation Homefront and members of the Roy community teamed up to fill military family’s trunks full of groceries Friday. The groceries even included all the fixings for a Thanksgiving  meal.

Military members had to pre-register for the event and then could get a $50 gift card along with their groceries. Roy City Mayor, Robert Dandoy, is a veteran and was overjoyed to see everyone helping out.

“Being a navy person- if you’re a married Navy person,  you don’t make a lot of money.  And I, certainly, as a young person with a young family would have loved that,” said Dandoy.

The military has a large number of spousal unemployment because they move around so often.  Living on one income is one of the main reasons food insecurity is more prevalent.

It’s part of Operation Homefront’s mission to help combat food insecurity for military families. The holidays can be an especially tough time of year for those struggling.

“For so many of our military members, they are away from their families,” said Beth Deslogse with Operation Homefront.

This is the third year Kent’s Market and Operation Homefront have held this event. They do two events to help military families with food every year. Roy City is home to many military personnel that work at Hill Airforce Base.

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The Roy community helps military families struggling with food insecurity