The U.S. military stationed abroad received 23 tons of Thanksgiving roast turkey, which can only be packaged and eaten for epidemic prevention.
On November 25th local time, the Pentagon said it had distributed nearly 51,000 pounds (about 23 tons) of roast turkey to the U.S. military overseas to celebrate Thanksgiving on the 26th. But in order to prevent and control the coronavirus epidemic, the form of celebration has changed.
According to the Capitol Hill newspaper on the 25th, the Pentagon said in a statement on the same day that in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Thanksgiving meals for U.S. troops abroad will be changed to “packing and take away” and there will be no large gatherings at restaurants.
“Everybody’s Thanksgiving holiday looks different this year.” “We want to make sure they can taste home no matter where they are in the world,” said Gavin Lawrence, the head of the Defense Logistics Agency.
The Defense Logistics Agency coordinates the supply of holiday meals every year. This year, it has provided more than 250,000 pounds of traditional Thanksgiving food to U.S. troops in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Japan and South Korea. These include 9,000 whole turkeys, 51,000 pounds of roast turkey, 74,000 pounds of beef, 21,000 pounds of ham, 67,000 pounds of shrimp, 16,000 pounds of sweet potatoes, 19,000 pounds of pies and cakes, and 7,000 gallons of eggnog.
The Pentagon announced that it will raise the level of catering epidemic prevention to a higher level of health protection on the 26th, reduce the number of diners and the maximum occupancy of restaurants in the same building, and increase the number of temperature checks.