Last week, the Guam Department of Education’s emergency food distribution program was closed to replenish supplies and today, hundreds of residents in need lined up early this morning for a chance to feed their families.
Around an hour after it opened, the distribution site at the Dededo Farmer’s Market for The Emergency Food Assistance Program was closed early this morning because the site ran out of food.
Hundreds lined up to get a bag of canned goods and rice and a box of fresh produce. At one point, the lined stretched all the way back towards Wusstig Road.
Jesse Garcia, the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works, told K57’s Patti Arroyo that the Dededo location was closed shortly after 7 am this morning and that the site actually had to open early to accommodate the crowd.
“The first time we started this operation in Dededo…I guess we got it down to a science now because it went smoothly. We actually opened up early at 5 am because cars were already stacking up,” Garcia said.
According to a statement from Isa Baza, the spokesperson for the Guam Department of Education which operates the emergency food distribution program, residents who were not able to get food commodities were told to go to the southern site in Agat at the foot of Mt. Lamlam.
The southern site in Agat was considerably less busy and closed around 10 am this morning. The food commodities left over from today’s distribution will be given away this Thursday.
This will be the final week for the Disaster Household Distribution, which is specific to helping those impacted by COVID-19, and the program will transition back to its regular emergency food distribution program by the end of the month.
A statement from the Joint Information Center says that there will be no food distribution next week to allow for supply replenishment and regular operations will resume during the final week of June at the GDOE warehouse in Piti.
Unlike the current program which is open to everyone, that distribution will only be open to SNAP, WIC, or TANF recipients.
This Thursday, the final emergency food distribution will take place at the Tiyan Upper Baseball Field in Barrigada and the St. Francis Church in Yona while supplies last from 6 to 10 in the morning.