National Guard soldiers lend helping hand at the Center For People In Need food distributions
Tuesday, the National Guard helped package and hand out food to those in need and struggling through the COVID times.
“It’s a busier day so we’re doing 2 lanes of traffic in order to distribute some of the food for the people that are in need, especially with the coronavirus,” said Isaac Aguilera, A Nebraska National Guard member.
“They’ve been a tremendous help on some of the wear and tear on the bodies,” said Steve Sheridan, Deputy Director at the Center For People In Need.
They were very happy to help with the physical aspect of operations. On every other week day the center utilizes four soldiers. Today, Tuesday being the busiest day for distribution, they had six soldiers so that supply could meet demand.
“Tuesdays are just its own animal because we’ll see 500 some families probably today. We’ll only see 150 on the other days,” said Sheridan.
“I was putting some food into the back of a vehicle and there was a couple little kids that were sitting back there and they looked up and they were like smiling at me, and I felt really good about myself right there,” said Aguilera.
They say they’ve seen the 500 new families as a direct result to the coronavirus impact, and they are only rationing out diapers limited to each family once a month.
For any newcomers wishing to apply to the food program, just bring a photo ID to the N. 27th street location and they will help sign you up.