The Indiana National Guard is assisting in food distribution. This week, guard members joined lines at nine food banks across the state to meet a need that has more than doubled.
Feeding Indiana’s Hungry Executive Director Emily Weikert Bryant says banks are also operating with fewer volunteers and new safety models.
"As we’re adapting to this new normal food distribution," says Weikert Bryant, "it’s involving a lot more labor as well."
That includes sorting and packing food boxes that are distributed through drive throughs and deliveries.
Weikert Bryant says guard members hit the ground running.
"And for a lot of the logistics work that we do, the National Guard is really well suited to, because they do logistics as well," says Weikert Bryant.
Guard members may also start helping at pantries that have been closed in areas where there is larger need for food.