Vt. Wing Aids National Guard in Distributing Food
1st Lt. Peter Steinerman
Public Affairs Officer
The Vermont Wing has been assisting the Vermont National Guard and its partners with food distribution throughout Vermont during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our cadets and senior members will do our best to support the Guard in its vital mission of providing fresh food to our neighbors in need,” said Col. Ann Brechbuhl, Vermont Wing commander. “These are historic circumstances, and our members are stepping up every day to help communities all around the state.”
On June 4 alone, the Vermont Wing helped the Guard deliver 15,000 pounds of food. So far 36 members have participated in nine food distribution events statewide, assisting the Guard in giving out 403,800 MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) and about 26,000 pounds of food.
Nationwide over the past three months, volunteers with Civil Air Patrol have served more than 3 million meals, loaded hundreds of thousands of pounds of food at distribution centers and provided numerous other humanitarian services. Collectively, CAP members nationwide have contributed over 10,000 volunteer days of service.
As a Total Force partner and the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, CAP is aligned with First Air Force to rapidly respond to nonmilitary threats domestically. In this situation members worked as a component of the U.S. Air Force in a Defense Support of Civil Authorities capacity.