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Boots on the ground; National Guard to assist God's Pantry

Posted at 8:52 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 21:53:25-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Call in the National Guard is no longer just an expression. Gov. Andy Beshear has done just that, as 70 guardsmen and women are set to help God’s Pantry carry out its mission.

“They will be doing internal work. Packing emergency food boxes and seniors (food) boxes,” God’s Pantry CEO Michael Halligan said.

With the need to follow guidelines for social distancing, the deployment to Kentucky’s four Pantry locations will help to accomplish that while ensuring there’s enough being shipped out when it needs to be shipped out.

“We’re being very conscience of the health risk that exists,” Halligan said. “So we’re doing more with food boxes than we normally do, hence the value and wonderful support of the National Guard over the next couple of weeks.”

Halligan said there was no way for the Pantry to be prepared for something of the magnitude of COVID-19, but being prepared for just about any other catastrophe has left the organization in good shape to help during this time.

“The good news is, we’ve got inventory of stock today to provide all of the services that we’ve historically provided,” Halligan said.

Now they’ll just provide those services, with the help of the National Guard.

*God’s Pantry could run low on supplies during the COVID-19 crisis. If you’d like to help, go their website.