CONTACT: Susan Gold
PHONE: (323) 839-8550
EMAIL: [email protected]

NOTE: Interviews Available on from 11 a.m. CST - 11:30 a.m. CST, March 11, with Armed Services YMCA, Fort Hood deputy commander, and military families receiving aid

FORT HOOD, Texas — The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), the oldest continuously serving military service organization in the country, is partnering with the Salvation Army of Central Texas and Former Astros owner, Drayton McLane, to help military families at Fort Hood by distributing 4,000 pounds of food to 200 military families March 11.

This aid comes just in time for Spring Break, giving families much-needed food for children that typically rely on school meals.

Food insecurity is hitting military families hard with more than 34 percent experiencing a loss of dual income, requiring immediate relief. However, according to a recent report by the Military Family Advisory Network, Texas military families struggle with higher rates of food insecurity when compared to military families in the rest of the country.

Since last March, the ASYMCA has delivered more than 2M pounds of food and helped more than 40,000 families at military installations across the country in response to the pandemic. The ASYMCA Killeen serves 5,000 military families annually with a focus on critical child care resources.

The III Corps Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Gerald (Gez) Strickland; a military family from Fort Hood, who will be receiving food support; and, ASYMCA CEO Vice Admiral William French, USN (Ret.), will be available to talk about how this initiative will help local families in need.

● MAJ GEN Gerald (Gez) Strickland, III Corps Deputy Commanding General, Fort Hood
● VADM William French, USN (Ret.), CEO of ASYMCA
● Representative from the Salvation Army of Central Texas
● Military family from Ft. Hood receiving food support
● Drayton McLane

● Thursday, March 11th, from 11 a.m. CST – 11:30 a.m. CST

● Armed Services YMCA of Killeen Wellness Center, 110 Mountain Lion Rd, Harker Heights, TX 76548

About The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA)

The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) is specifically dedicated to serving junior-enlisted military service members and their families, representing the five branches of the armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Armed Services YMCA is “Strengthening Our Military Families®,” every day through unique and specialized programs and services for service members, military spouses and military children at no or low cost.