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US Arizona National Guard to help replenish grocery stores

06:55  24 march  2020
06:55  24 march  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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The Arizona National Guard is taking initial steps to helping grocery stores restock empty shelves during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, Governor Doug Ducey said he is activating the National Guard to assist at grocery stores and food banks while the facilities deal with heightened

The Arizona National Guard planners met with grocery store and food bank representatives on Saturday morning to begin logistical planning. The next day he explained his decision, saying Arizona has plenty of supplies but needs help getting them to the right places.

a group of people looking at a laptop: Members of 115th Regional Support Group of the California National Guard load boxes with food at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, March 21, 2020. Food banks have been hit hard by a shortage of volunteers due to the mandatory stay-at-home order caused by the coronavirus. © Rich Pedroncelli/AP Members of 115th Regional Support Group of the California National Guard load boxes with food at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, March 21, 2020. Food banks have been hit hard by a shortage of volunteers due to the mandatory stay-at-home order caused by the coronavirus.

Arizona's National Guard is currently battling the coronavirus outbreak by helping to fill grocery stores, Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday.

Ducey said an immediate need was dealing with empty shelves holding basic provisions. The governor says the guard is there to get goods to stores as quickly as possible, not to act as security.

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Ducey ordered the Guard to help grocers restock their shelves after they were depleted by panic buying, and urged people to volunteer and donate to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said he's activating the National Guard to help grocery stores and food banks, halting elective surgeries and closing

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"They're not going to be grocery store workers," Ducey said. "They're going to close the gap in terms of what was missing."

The Guard is delivering food and supplies from warehouses to local grocery stores using military vehicles to transport the goods, according to CNN affiliate KTVK-TV. There will be 700 citizen-soldiers and airmen helping in different phases, KTVK reported.

Ducey says with Guard units helping to direct distribution, each store can be stocked more efficiently. Stores can stay supplied as long as people spread out their shopping trips.

"If you're going to go shopping, buy a week's worth of groceries once a week," Ducey said. "If you'll do that, you'll come back the next week, and the shelves will be full."

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Ducey says once store supplies stabilize, the Guard can be used for other purposes, such as helping hospitals with supplies and facilities.

President Donald Trump on Sunday outlined the federal government's plan to fund Guard units that were activated by governors in three of the states hardest hit by the novel coronavirus -- New York, California and Washington state.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the federal government will be funding 100% of the cost of deploying National Guard units to carry out approved missions to stop the virus, Trump said.

Trump said the federal government will act as a "backup" to the state leaders, emphasizing the importance of keeping governors "in command."

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