Louisiana National Guard members put in work at local food banks

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Louisiana Army Guard Soldiers pack non-perishable food boxes for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in Baton Rouge, La, March 22, 2020. Soldiers are assisting the food bank to ensure the supply of food for the needy is maintained during the increased demand from COVID-19. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Toby M. Valadie)

Louisiana National Guard members are helping assemble food boxes at food banks in Baton Rouge, Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, Grant Parish and central Louisiana to make up for food banks’ lack of volunteers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Louisiana Army Guard Soldiers pack non-perishable food boxes for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in Baton Rouge, La, March 22, 2020. Soldiers are assisting the food bank to ensure the supply of food for the needy is maintained during the increased demand from COVID-19. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Toby M. Valadie)

“With a limited number of volunteers coming to our food bank to help, the Louisiana National Guard soldiers have been a tremendous resource and significant force multiplier to assist us in the preparation of boxes for distribution to support our normal operations, as well as the increased demand from Covid-19,” Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank President and CEO Michael G. Manning said.

Governor John Bel Edwards directed the Louisiana National Guard to activate more than 565 soldiers and airmen to offer assistance during the COVID-19 crisis, according to SFC Denis B. Ricou of the Louisiana National Guard.

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