Food banks across the United States are reporting major problems in being able to keep up with the unprecedented demand as an estimated 6.6 million Americans are now out of work.
Huge numbers of newly unemployed Americans who lost their jobs as a result of government-mandated shutdowns of “non-essential” businesses throughout the United States are showing up at food banks demanding food, that in many cases isn’t there.
In some areas, the demand has created longer lines at the food banks than we are seeing at the grocery stores as the real danger of the pandemic becomes apparent: the government response and the widespread layoffs it caused.
For years we’ve been warning this could happen. In fact, we’ve done numerous articles on how 60% of Americans have less than $500 in savings. Now that we are 3-4 weeks deep into this crisis, it’s become apparent that this could become one of the most significant dangers of the Coronavirus Pandemic. If we don’t get the country back up and running soon, we are going to start seeing some major problems and social unrest as people become desperate.
Food banks are reporting a 40% increase in demand, on average, said Katie Fitzgerald, chief operating office at Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs nationwide. Some say they are seeing double to quadruple the number of people asking for help.
This is the line to receive food from a food bank in Pittsburg.— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) March 30, 2020
Our country has enough food for everyone, but thousands don’t have enough money to buy it.
It doesn’t need to be this way.
This was the food distribution line. Families got produce from @YourTaylorFarms provided by The Foodbank of Monterey County. Each volunteer put forth an eminence amount of effort. Love my team! #elgabshjnes #scesdshines #schoolclosures #covid19 pic.twitter.com/x6jbUTVScC— Esabel Cervantes (@Esabel_C) April 1, 2020
“It’s the speed that this is hitting us that is making it so difficult to contend with,” Fitzgerald said. “The current inventories that we have in place were not designed to serve the numbers of people who need help now.”
“We’re definitely feeling the impact of families and individuals, many who’ve been laid off or have been furloughed, had hours cut back, needing that food assistance,” Michael Flood, president and CEO of Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, told Fox Nation’s Abby Hornacek.
“Just last week, the L.A. Regional Food Bank distributed 2 million pounds of food, which is a record distribution amount for us–49 percent higher than last year,” he said.
America, 2020 pic.twitter.com/i6S28NWxaU— NBC News NOW (@NBCNewsNow) April 2, 2020
In many cities, the National Guard has been deployed to food banks to cope with rising demand in cities including Cleveland, Phoenix and St Louis amid growing concerns that supplies may run low and social unrest could be the next problem.
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As we’ve been saying from the beginning, the problems created by shutting down the country are likely to cause more long-term problems than the Coronavirus itself. Combine that with the media’s 24/7 push of panic and hysteria and we have the perfect storm that we’ve been warning about for years.
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