PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WPMG) – In an effort to help the community, the Pennsylvania National Guard has been deployed in the region to assist with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
In a statement released by Charla Irwin-Buncher, the organization’s chief development officer, “”With the nature of this crisis we really had to cut back on the number of volunteers that we can welcome into our building so we’ve been really strapped”.
Members of the National Guard put on their uniforms, and began to help serving the community.
As citizens lose their jobs from non-essential businesses closing as ordered by Governor Tom Wolf, residents line the streets in vehicles to gather non-perishable food items to feed their hungry families.
The city officials worked with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to obtain the National Guard’s assistance. The minute the call was made, soldiers we’re ready to spring into action.
As of right now, over 260,000 pounds of food has been given out from the food bank to needing families.
Citizens said the next two weeks will be the hardest, as some await unemployment benefits and the stimulus check from the federal government.
The soldiers said they are willing to help in any way possible.