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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence and Michigan House Congressional Delegation Urge National Guard Bureau Chief to Cancel Food Contract After Reports of Low-Quality Meals Served to MI National Guard

March 2, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) and the entire Michigan House Congressional Delegation sent a letter to National Guard Bureau Chief, General Daniel R. Hokanson, requesting the current food contract be voided or that servicemembers be provided with a per diem. This letter follows concerning reports of poor-quality meals and that some servicemembers have been hospitalized due to poor food quality. To view the letter click here.

“Recently, there have been several reports regarding the poor quality of food that is being provided to these service members. Michigan National Guard members stationed in our nation’s capital have repeatedly and personally brought these concerns directly to our offices and to the leadership of the National Guard. These reports include meals being provided that are badly undercooked, raw, moldy, and even filled with metal shavings,” the Members wrote in the letter. “It is completely unacceptable that our men and women serving in Washington D.C are being hospitalized due to the food they are being provided. As Representatives of these service members, we request that either the current contract be voided and a new food provider be brought in or that the service members be provided with a per diem throughout their remaining time in Washington, D.C.”