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Feeding San Diego helps military families facing food insecurity

Posted at 11:33 AM, Dec 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 15:20:52-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Food insecurity is something far too familiar for those serving in the military and for their families. Feeding San Diego is helping bridge the hunger gap in hopes of making it easier for active-duty military, their families, and veterans to get the food they need and deserve.

Desiree Mieir is a mom of four. Her husband is currently serving his tenth year in the Navy. She says the high cost of living in San Diego makes it tough to survive here.

"It's several dollars of a difference as far as gas goes. Milk, eggs, all your basic necessities," said Mieir. "If we want to go on a day trip, we have to make room in the budget for that."

Now, every month, the family gets access to free food at Dewey Elementary School, one of Feeding San Diego's distribution sites. The access gives families some financial relief without compromising the kid's nutrition.

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"We joke that we have four fruit bats in the house, so anytime they get fruit, they are just over the moon," Meier said.

Feeding San Diego continues to food insecurity for those in the military, so more families like the Meier's can succeed.

"This program gives us a chance to catch our breath," Meier said. "Families like mine and others will use this food to help them carry out their day and be able to thrive."