Gavin Newsom, governor of California, announced he would deploy the National Guard to help protect the food security of California residents most in need.

The guard will help stabilize food banks and other crucial services to the most vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis. The National Guard will help set up systems to get food banks operating and stabilized, setting up the next wave of volunteers and non-profits to continue the food bank work during the crisis.

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“It’s in these times of crisis that Californians are at their best, coming to the aid of those in their community who are most in need. Food banks provide a critical lifeline for families and are needed now more than ever. Families across our state are suddenly losing work, and millions of Californians most vulnerable to COVID-19 are staying home to protect their health and the health of others. I ask all Californians who are able to join our Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign to safely assist those in need in your community,” said Governor Newsom.

Food banks are facing a reduction in volunteers due to the coronavirus crisis, a resource that will be replaced by the California National Guard. Newsom urges California residents to look at serve.ca.gov for ways they can assist their neighbors and communities during this time. This is part of the Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign, where neighbors act to help those most vulnerable that have been asked to stay home.

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