Lawmakers raise concerns over reports of National Guard troops being served 'raw, moldy food' at Capitol
March 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A bipartisan group of members of Michigan's congressional delegation sent the chief of the National Guard a letter Tuesday complaining about the food being provided to members of the state's National Guard while stationed at the US Capitol.
Washington (CNN)A bipartisan group of members of Michigan's congressional delegation sent the chief of the National Guard a letter Tuesday complaining about the food being provided to members of the state's National Guard while stationed at the US Capitol.
The 14 Michigan House members who signed the letter blamed the poor food service on contractors hired to support the federal response to secure the Capitol and said some guardsmen have been hospitalized.
They asked that either a new food contractor be brought in or the National Guard members be provided a per diem for the rest of their time in DC.
And of that, in . 01% we've discovered the appearance of undercooked meals," the National Guard spokesperson said.
Of the 54 states and territories that deployed National Guard personnel to the capital, "Michigan is the only state that has filed a complaint [about the food] that I'm aware of," the spokesperson said, adding that all National Guard units knew they were not being provided a per diem beforehand.
As for claims about members of the Michigan National Guard being hospitalized because of the food they were provided in DC, the spokesperson said, "Commanders have not reported any hospitalizations in the twice-a-day update briefings. "
If guardsmen are not satisfied with the catered food brought in under contract from vendors, the spokesperson said, there are "tens of thousands of MREs at the ready for these soldiers. "
The National Guard increased the number of personnel who check food to include the temperature, as well as speaking to guardsmen about the quality of their food.