Foundation Launches New Program Aimed at Veterans, Military Families

posted on Thursday, August 8, 2019

“As Iowans, we know that good food is the best way to bring people together, and it was amazing to witness how food and fellowship work hand-in-hand,” said Ashley Wood, District 4 Director and event coordinator for the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Iowa (EANGI). “The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation has once again shown their patriotism and unwavering support of our military.”

pffProject: Food and Fellowship recently provided the pork for 1,000 members, retirees and families attending the national conference of the EANGI--held at the Sculpture Park in Des Moines.

Five hundred pounds of pork shoulder was turned into pulled pork sandwiches and paired with sweet corn—a match made in Iowa heaven.

The EANGI works to promote state and national security and promote the status, welfare and professionalism of the enlisted members of the National Guard of Iowa.


This is the second effort the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation’s Project: Food and Fellowship has supported.

The first recipient of a Project: Food and Fellowship grant was the Korean War Veterans Association of Iowa. As part of a memorial service at the Iowa State Capitol on the 66th anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending the Korean War, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation provided special touches of white rose boutonnieres for the 23 Korean War Veterans present and a memorial wreath.


Project: Food and Fellowship is a grant program to aid Iowa-based family readiness coordinators, child and youth program coordinators and military community volunteers in creating and hosting social gatherings for active duty, reservists, veterans, Gold Star families and military families.