The PenFed Foundation has approved a grant of $10,000 to support the Food Insecurity Programs of Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall to address food insecurity for currently serving junior enlisted soldiers (E-5 and below) and their families, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. With increased funding, the DFMWR can organize additional holiday food programs, such as meals for single soldiers and additional food drives occurring throughout the year.
The Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall currently supports a population of 7,199 active-duty members, 10,872 dependents of Active-Duty Soldiers, 3,503 Army Reserve Component Soldiers, 4,466 Dependents of Army Reserve Component Soldiers, 9,903 Retirees, 30,876 Dependents of Retirees, 7,037 DoD Civilian employees and 73 Dependents of DoD Civilians
totaling 74,589 individuals.
The grant from the PenFed Foundation for the DFMWR will be transformative in their mission to address food insecurity experienced by junior enlisted soldiers at JBM-HH. Additionally, they want to expand assistance to families to other potential roadblocks they may be facing.
The funding of this grant request will support the readiness mission by allowing the
junior enlisted soldiers to focus on training without the worry of feeding their families while also ensuring that their children can rely on excellent childcare from staff that also need vital assistance to be able to come to work every day to support these families and the overall mission.