EXCLUSIVE: THOUSANDS of hungry LA airport workers line up for food as air travel collapse leaves them among 17 million jobless amid coronavirus outbreak

Saturday, April 11, 2020
By Paul Martin

Food banks are experiencing an influx of demand amid the COVID-19 outbreak
Thousands of air travel workers in Los Angeles collected groceries from a LA Food Bank in Inglewood
Coronavirus shutdown has affected resident’s jobs and financial security
LA Food Bank President and CEO Michael Flood told DailyMail.com that his group distributed the equivalent of 1.6m meals last week
Unemployment claims in California have now reached more than 2.3million
Around 900,000 of those claims came from Los Angeles County
US unemployment has reached 17 million
Mass distributions at food banks could continue for ‘many weeks’

11 April 2020

Thousands of workers left struggling by the collapse of air travel lined up in cars for a food bank in the latest sign of the brutal impact of the coronavirus shutdown.

Workers from Los Angeles’ LAX airport, the second busiest in the country, were invited to a nearby concert venue if they needed food to survive.

The initiative, organized by the Los Angeles Federation of Labor and the LA Food Bank for workers usually employed at nearby LAX airport, is one of thousands of food banks around the country now buckling under the weight of demand.

It was organized as tens of thousands of people whose work centers on LAX – from taxi drivers to air crew – feel the impact of the shutdown.

The airport’s most recent figures show just 7,966 passengers flew or landed on March 31; the average number of travelers in January was more than 215,000 a day.

LAX says the airport – until now – had 59,000 workers on site and in the immediate area around it; the City of Los Angeles estimated that 100,000 more jobs directly depend on it.

At the emergency food bank on Friday LA Food Bank President and CEO Michael Flood told DailyMail.com that at least 5,000 cars were expected, with boxes distributed by 200 volunteers.

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