US Air Force helps out in Mangilao free food distribution

The 36th Wing Squadron partnered up with the Mangilao mayor's office for food distributions and Mayor Ungacta expressed how thankful he is for their support. (PNC photo)

The Mangilao mayor’s office teamed up with a US Air Force squadron during a free food distribution event on Tuesday morning.

Mayor Allan Ungacta and his staff handed out food and commodities, which were provided under the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program as a drive-through service.

Staff Sgt. Lazaro Gonzales, 36th Force Support Squadron, reached out to Mayor Ungacta to see if they can provide their services to the central village.

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The unit is part of the Sister Village Sister Squadron program, an Andersen Air Force Base program where each squadron is assigned to each of the 19 villages on Guam and has a representative or two who regularly reaches out to their village leadership to see how they can volunteer or partner/collaborate in village activities.

This is the first time they partnered up with the mayor’s office for food distributions and Mayor Ungacta expressed how thankful he is for their support.

“It’s a beautiful thing to watch. They’re our sister squadron. They have always been very gracious, very supportive, bringing this great camaraderie and work in partnership. The division reached out and we really appreciate their support and service here,” Ungacta said.

One of the airmen participating in the food distribution, Airman 1st Class Sebastian Pulgarian, talks about his experience with helping out with the mayor’s staff and distributing the food commodities to residents in need.

“This is my first time linking up with them. It’s been a wonderful time. I’ve enjoyed helping others in need in these times. It feels really good to be helping out,” he said.

According to Marvin Francisco, admin assistant to the Mangilao mayor, those interested in food commodities should contact the mayor’s office as they will have more coming in soon.