Staff Sgt. Josh Conder and Sgt. Izet Murillo, petroleum supply specialists with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, discussing logistical support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock)
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Soldiers with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, assist a volunteer unloading fresh goods in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock)
2 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, assist a volunteer unloading fresh goods in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock) (Photo Credit: Cpl. Samantha Hircock) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Josh Conder, a petroleum supply specialist with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, assists volunteers unloading fresh goods in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock)
3 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Josh Conder, a petroleum supply specialist with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, assists volunteers unloading fresh goods in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock) (Photo Credit: Cpl. Samantha Hircock) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spc. Justin McAtee, a petroleum supply specialist with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, assists volunteers unloading fresh goods in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock)
4 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Justin McAtee, a petroleum supply specialist with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, assists volunteers unloading fresh goods in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock) (Photo Credit: Cpl. Samantha Hircock) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Josh Conder and Sgt. Izet Murillo, petroleum supply specialists with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, assist volunteers unloading fresh goods in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock)
5 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Josh Conder and Sgt. Izet Murillo, petroleum supply specialists with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, assist volunteers unloading fresh goods in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock) (Photo Credit: Cpl. Samantha Hircock) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Josh Conder, a petroleum supply specialist with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, assists volunteers unloading fresh goods in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock)
6 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Josh Conder, a petroleum supply specialist with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, assists volunteers unloading fresh goods in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock) (Photo Credit: Cpl. Samantha Hircock) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Izet Murillo, a petroleum supply specialist with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, unloads pallets of fresh goods in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock)
7 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Izet Murillo, a petroleum supply specialist with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, unloads pallets of fresh goods in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to help 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock) (Photo Credit: Cpl. Samantha Hircock) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spc. Justin McAtee, a petroleum supply specialist with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, operates a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, A4 Load Handling System, in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020.  With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to provide fresh goods to 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock)
8 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Justin McAtee, a petroleum supply specialist with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, operates a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, A4 Load Handling System, in support of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6, 2020. With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to provide fresh goods to 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Samantha Hircock) (Photo Credit: Cpl. Samantha Hircock) VIEW ORIGINAL

Soldiers with Company A, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard, transported over 13,000 pounds of food to assist the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s mobile food pantry outside Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 6.

“It helps a lot because normally we have to make multiple trips,” said Robert Andrlik, a mobile pantry coordinator for HACAP. “Having the National Guard helping, having multiple vehicles and multiple hands, it made it a lot quicker for us.”

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the mobile pantry system had been organized in a way that presented a challenge in terms of social distancing and other precautions needed to mitigate the spread of the virus.

The logistical assistance offered by the Iowa National Guard made it possible for HACAP to continue their mobile food pantry efforts while minimizing the health risks, said Andrlik.

With the help of the Soldiers, HACAP was able to provide fresh goods to 2,000 people in need of food assistance within the local community.