The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Guam hard, leaving many residents jobless and some struggling to get their next meal.
This is the reason why a group of concerned community members banded together to help feed the need.
Hundreds of cars lined up to get a bag filled with goods such as canned tuna, dried beans, rice, or fruit at one of three locations throughout the island as part of the “Feed the Need” food drive.
The drive was organized by former Senator Frank Blas to help workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“What you see out here is a labor of love. Nobody’s getting paid. Everyone’s having a great time making sure that at least in this effort, 2100 families aren’t going to go hungry,” Blas said.
Blas and the drive’s volunteer team were given many thank you’s, with residents grateful that they now had a way to feed their kids.
Barrigada Mayor June Blas said that this morning’s turnout was overwhelming and that she is grateful the food drive helped so many residents.
“I know that their stimulus checks are coming out, but what about the middle class who aren’t in any SNAP program or are trying to get into the program? At least during this time, we can give until they get approved. This is their time and we’re more than happy to help,” the mayor said.
Both Frank Blas and Mayor Blas hope to have more events to help those in need. But in the meantime, Mayor Blas says that anyone who needs assistance can contact her office at 734-3859.