Local active duty military families struggling to put food on the table
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It may sound hard to believe, but a shockingly high number of local active duty military members are struggling to put food on the table for their families.
According to the San Diego Food Bank, every month over 40,000 local active duty military members and their dependents seek food assistance from the Food Bank.
One of the reasons these local members of the military are struggling to provide food for their families is because of the high cost of living in San Diego, a case of sticker shock, especially when they come here from states where things are not so expensive.
The other reason includes high unemployment rates for the spouses of military members.
The Food Bank says employers are often reluctant to hire the military spouses because they fear those spouses won’t be here for long because of military transfers.
What’s worse is that the number of military personnel seeking food assistance continues to grow.