GDOE provides free food to hundreds of families

(PNC file photo)

In this time of crisis, every little bit of help received goes a long way especially since many families are struggling to just put food on the table. On May 20, Wednesday morning, the Department of Education lent a helping hand providing food to hundreds of displaced families.

Gates to the GDOE warehouse in Piti opened at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. But even before that, the line of cars stretched down to the Piti Mayors’ Office.

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Island residents displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic were waiting to take part in the Guam Department of Education’s temporary emergency food assistance program.

GDOE employees staffed the site and made sure residents were following proper social distancing measures as they moved the line along.

The line moved so quickly participants were in and out in minutes once the program opened for distribution. PNC had the chance to speak with one island resident who was thankful for the assistance.

“Oh yes, it’s really great it’s going to really help us. I just came,” the resident said.

Cheers erupted from the GDOE workers who cleared the long line of cars within an hour of opening.

5,000 bags of TEFAP-DHD food commodities in total were prepared for today’s distribution containing rice, beans, canned goods, juice and 10 pounds of either fruit or vegetables.

According to GDOE Spokeswoman Isa Baza, USDA FNS granted GDOE an extension to distribute food commodities through Disaster Household Distribution (DHD).

Meanwhile, on the northern side of the island, GDOE’s Grab-N-Go meal program entered day two of reopening at FBLG Middle school as a distribution site.

FBLG closed several weeks ago after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Baza says the first day back open was a little slow. But FBLG is back in operations for grab and go meals for children Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

GDOE’s TEFAP drive-thru food distribution in Piti is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.