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Coronavirus: National Guard fills critical volunteer shortage at Silicon Valley food bank

“Not every food bank within the six counties has been willing to accept this help, though, as some declined the Guard’s offer due to concerns about perceptions from the immigrant community, said Jessica Bartholow, legislative advocate at the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

“They come in uniform,” she said. “It can be startling if you come from a country where a uniform represents martial law.”

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