LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Gov. Gavin Newsom Friday announced the deployment of California National Guard members to help distribute food to isolated and vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The short deployment is intended to help to stabilize the increased need for food banks.

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“It’s in these times of crisis that Californians are at their best, coming to the aid of those in their community who are most in need. Food banks provide a critical lifeline for families, and are needed now more than ever,” Newsom said. “Families across our state are suddenly losing work, and millions of Californians most vulnerable to COVID-19 are staying home to protect their health and the health of others. I ask all Californians who are able to join our Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign to safely assist those in need in your community.”

The Governor also launched a partnership Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign with Nextdoor.com & California Volunteers to deploy volunteers to help those in need of assistance during the pandemic.

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“The Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign is a testament to the strength of our larger California community,” said First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. “Now more than ever we must create a culture of WE over me. I am so proud that Californians across the state stand ready to meet this moment by embracing our California values of inclusivity, generosity and community.”

The announcement comes a day after the Governor issued a statewide stay at home order.

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More ways to assist the community can be found at serve.ca.gov.