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Vice Speaker Requests Activation of Guam National Guard to Assist, Expand USDA Food Program

(Hagåtña, Guam) – Responding to concerns voiced by the people of Guam, Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson has written the Governor requesting the activation of the Guam National Guard to assist a recently-launched federal food assistance program and the expansion of distribution sites.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s national food assistance program (Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program and Farmers to Families Food Box Program) launched locally on May 18, 2020 and, on May 22, 2020, experienced hampered operations with long lines of cars waiting hours to receive free food commodity boxes. The distribution closed with many still waiting in line due to the number of boxes distributed and traffic concerns.

Vice Speaker Nelson has advocated for the Governor to activate the Guam National Guard to assist with the distribution program, as well as to expand distribution sites across the island. This would alleviate strained and limited operations at the sole distribution site and make sites more accessible to people living in the northern and southern regions of the island.

“Our people are depending on us to not only keep them safe during this crisis, but also to provide for them the basic life necessities we all need to survive,” said Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson. “Our Guam National Guard has shown great promise in filling-in the gaps during this crisis and we appreciate our Guard members’ service at the quarantine sites and other agencies. We are confident that we can depend on them to provide this necessary service to our people, as well as provide the accessibility our people need during this difficult time.”

For more information, please contact Tihu Lujan at The Office of Vice Speaker

Telena Cruz Nelson at (671) 989-7696 or


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