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Michigan National Guard lends a hand to Detroit food banks | Article


By Master Sgt. David Kujawa | Michigan National GuardJanuary 21, 2021

DETROIT – Throughout the state and now in Detroit, Michigan National Guard (MING) soldiers and Airmen are deployed at local food banks to ensure the state’s nonprofit food distribution network fulfills its mission despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It feels good to support the community I’ve lived in all my life and to be part of a team that does something to bring hope to people,” said US Army Pfc. Antonio Lyte with the Taylor Armory.Gleaners Community Food Bank is the state’s largest charity and serves as the clearing house for many food banks. When COVID-19 forced it to cease most of the volunteer work, citizen soldiers and air forces of the state’s COVID-19 Spartan Joint Task Force filled the void. Gleaner worked with Guard members in Oakland County’s distribution warehouses. This work continued through 2021 and expanded to two additional locations in Detroit. “Removing security guards working in the warehouse made a huge difference,” said Gerry Brisson, president and chief executive officer of Gleaners Community Food Bank Detroit. “The day-to-day work of the Michigan National Guard has a huge impact on our work.” Brisson said Gleaners is distributing more than 40% more food and reaching 150,000 households a month during the pandemic. “We are honored and grateful to have the Michigan National Guard at Gleaners during this time of great need,” he said. “Without her we wouldn’t have made it.” Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, Adjutant General of the Michigan National Guard, said 300 members of the Guard live in Detroit and nearly 3,000 live in the area. The Gleaners Community Food Bank and Auxiliary Food Bank provide a great opportunity to socialize with all citizens of Detroit To unite Detroit and continue to support Michiganders through these troubled times, “he said. Like many Michigan National Guard members, Lyte is a local where he serves. In his civilian career, he works as a technician for a communications company – he works part time on the station and is ready to be called if necessary. Its first activation was in August for the COVID-19 response: “I’m glad Gleaners asked the MING for help and the opportunity to lend a hand”, Lyte said, “I have made a commitment to do more in my community and serve my country.” Related National Guard News FacebookNati Online Guard TwitterHow the National Guard is helping National Guard photosLatest from the CDC