Food bank helps National Guard troops with food assistance

*Noooommbre! *slaps forehead* This is going to look good on the Perry campaign trail. The troops he sent to the border asked for charity food? … VL

By Marcy Martinez, Action 4 News

They came here to help protect the border but now the first wave of Texas National Guard troops deployed after Governor Rick Perry made the call, are needing assistance to pay for food and gas.

“We were contacted that 50 troops that are in the Valley don’t have any money for food and gas and they need our assistance,” said Food Bank RGV Executive Director Terri Drefke.

They’ve turned to the Food Bank RGV for help since they won’t get paid until September 5th and have been in the Valley since August 11th.

Drefke told Action 4 News they are more than ready and willing to assist the military personnel.

“We have fresh, boxed, and frozen food available” Drefke said.

Local lawmakers got wind of the issue when Action 4 News contacted them with our questions.

Texas State Rep, Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville) said he is appalled.

“It’s embarrassing that our troops have to stand in a food pantry line,” Rep. Oliveira said. “This is the fault of the state.”

Click HERE to read the full story.

[Photo courtesy of San Antonio Express News]

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