As food banks across the Bay Area rush to help a growing number of needy families affected by the coronavirus outbreak, the California National Guard has stepped in to fill one of the state’s most critical demands as help from volunteers has all but disappeared. Gov. Gavin Newsom has deployed nearly 500 service members to food banks across six counties — Amador, Monterey, Riverside, Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara — and service members arrived Monday at Second Harvest of Silicon Valley in San Jose, said Lt. Col. Jonathan Shiroma, spokesman for the California National Guard. “The volunteers that have had to adhere to the stay-at-home order are gone,” he said. “So, our soldiers are now replacing them for the time being and offering any type of help that the food banks need.” The statewide shelter-in-place order was a bold move aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, which has claimed 17,400 lives worldwide. But it has also devastated hundreds of thousands of workers — from servers and janitors to small-business owners, all of whom relied on a steady income to stay afloat in one of the most expensive regions in the country. “Food banks provide a critical lifeline… Read full this story
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