Michigan National Guard to help food banks in 4 communities

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Posted at 2:14 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 14:14:26-04

(WXYZ) — The Michigan National Guard will begin helping out food banks at four communities in metro Detroit, the governor's office announced on Monday.

Guard members will start serving through mid April at food banks in Ann Arbor, Comstock Park, Pontiac and Flint. About 10 members will be serving at each site.

“The aid that men and women of the Michigan National Guard will provide to Food Banks across Michigan is further proof that the Michigan National Guard is a true cornerstone of Michigan communities,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a release. “I could not be more proud of their service, commitment, and determination, and they are making a difference in the state’s response to COVID-19.”

The food distribution sites requested personnel to help with mobile food distribution, which serves up to 600 families each day.

They will direct traffic for the drive-thru sites and help package bags of fruit and handing bags to cars.

“The Michigan National Guard strives to be a provider of exceptional service,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard. “As the response to COVID-19 continues, we stand ready to serve our neighbors, family, and friends in the communities in which we live and work.”

National Guard members have been helping in the state's COVID-19 response since mid March, and have helped load critical personal protective gear, helping at veterans' homes and helping throughout the country.

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