Military Family Appreciation Month: Meet the Densham Family

November marks the
start of Military Family Appreciation Month—the perfect time to remember and
honor the sacrifices made by each member of the military family. At NMFA, we
know that when a military member serves, their entire family serves, too. So
this month, we’re recognizing five NMFA-connected military families who have impacted
their own communities through their own unique service to others.

Meet the Denshams.

For Army Staff
Sergeant John Densham, Jr. and his wife, Alyssa, food is a shared passion.
Prior to joining the Army as a Culinary Specialist in 2012, John attended the
prestigious Culinary Institute of America and went on to get a Bachelor’s in
Culinary Arts Management and has worked at multiple acclaimed restaurants
around the country.

Since joining the
Army, John quickly became part of an elite group of military chefs,
participating in international culinary competitions, including the Culinary
Olympics, where his team won the gold medal. He is currently the junior
enlisted aide for the 40th Chief of Staff of the United States Army, General
James McConville.

Alyssa’s passion
to help change the food landscape has taken her around the world. As a food
systems consultant, she worked across the country with a wide variety of
partners and advocates to improve children’s health and strengthen the food
system. Alyssa spent time as a Peace Corps Volunteer, where she focused on
girls’ and women’s empowerment projects including maternal and child health and
nutrition and girls’ education.

She has served on
the Executive Committee of the National Farm to School Network, the Advisory
Board of the D.C. Farm to School Network, and the Policy Working Group of
School Food FOCUS. Alyssa is also involved in her military community, having
served as President of the Belvoir Enlisted Spouses’ Club. She is an NMFA
military spouse scholarship recipient currently pursuing her Master’s of
Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary.

John and Alyssa
have two children, Keegan and Coraline. Together, the Denshams attend church
regularly, where John teaches Sunday school to the preschool set, and Alyssa is
the Director of Family Ministry.

November marks the start of Military Family Appreciation Month—the perfect time to remember and honor the sacrifices made by each member of the military family.Read More