National Guard helps Golden Harvest Food Bank in Aiken

Published: Apr. 28, 2020 at 11:49 PM EDT
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The South Carolina National Guard has joined Golden Harvest Food Bank’s coronavirus crisis response efforts.

Guard members are now working out of Golden Harvest Food Bank’s Aiken warehouse to help the food bank continue to feed hungry families.

About five National Guard members will serve at the Aiken warehouse as part of 31-day orders, packaging emergency food boxes for mobile markets in the six counties that Golden Harvest serves in South Carolina. Guard members also will help run the mobile market distributions that provide assistance to up to 300 families at a time.

“Our volunteer program is still on hold due to safety concerns,” food bank Executive Director Amy Breitmann said in a statement. “That means our staff has had to get creative to serve more people with fewer hands. This new help from the South Carolina National Guard brings fresh energy to our team at a critical time.”

The food bank has seen calls for food assistance triple since COVID-19 began spreading across the region.

It has responded by sourcing more food and providing no-contact mobile market food distributions throughout its service area. These efforts have distributed more than 1.1 million meals across 25 counties in the past month.

"We understand there is an increased need for support to the citizens of South Carolina and for the organizations that work to provide food to community members impacted by the current situation," said Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, the adjutant general for South Carolina.

"The South Carolina National Guard is a community-based organization and we're proud to be able to assist where needed, such as providing support to the Golden Harvest Food Bank with packaging and distributing food boxes. We're in this situation together, and the South Carolina National Guard is prepared to support the needs of the state throughout the duration of the COVID-19 response efforts."

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