New campaign giving military families free groceries, healthy eating tips

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LAWTON, Okla. – Military families in Oklahoma may be able to receive a basket of free groceries, courtesy of a new campaign.

Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families.

Operation Homefront is starting its Growing Healthy Military Families campaign, which will help military families learn about healthy eating and give them the tools to make a healthy diet part of their lifestyle.

“Our military families, particularly the lower- and mid-grade service members that Operation Homefront serves, face significant budget challenges where eating healthy can often fall victim to available time and perceived cost,” said Liz McChesney, program coordinator of Operation Homefront Southern Plains.  “Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. We want to help military families find ways to have a healthy lifestyle that goes hand-in-hand with the financial sustainability that is the focus of our emergency food and financial assistance.”

At each event, military families will learn how to do the following:

  • Choose healthy foods
  • Avoid reliance on pre-package and heavily processed foods
  • Plan and create healthy meals
  • Get the most out of their grocery budget
  • Learn to grow herbs and vegetables in their own gardens

Each family will also receive a basket filled with food, a healthy cookbook or gift card and a starter kit for growing herbs or vegetables.

Military families are urged to register online for events.