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Arizona National Guard in stores, food banks helping move supplies

Posted: 4:15 PM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-27 21:16:52-04
National Guard helps stock grocery stores in Arizona

The Arizona National Guard is on the ground, helping food banks and grocery stores keep up with the growing demand for supplies.

They showed ABC15 inside their Taskforce Logistics Operation Center on Tuesday, where troops are receiving orders on which locations they’ll be serving.

The Arizona Department of Health Services says troops are currently helping seven grocery stores and two distribution centers. AZDHS says they got 13 additional requests on Wednesday, four from food banks and nine from stores.

“That request is immediately processed on the military side and we apply the resources that are required to meet the customer’s needs in about a 24-hour cycle,” Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Panka said.

One mission that took place on Wednesday was at St. Mary’s Food Bank.

“Each day they’re here, we’re thankful for the extra hands and the extra help,” Jerry Brown, with St. Mary’s Food Bank, said.

The Arizona National Guard says they'll be fulfilling requests until companies can hire on enough workers to fill the gap.