Food banks buckle under demand and warn they will run out as millions of Americans go hungry and huge lines form across country

Saturday, April 11, 2020
By Paul Martin

In Pittsburgh, motorists lined up for more than a mile outside a sports arena in downtown to receive food
A Los Angeles food bank gave produce to thousands of people waiting hours outside the Forum in Inglewood
In San Diego, volunteers braved the rain to distribute food and toilet paper in a drive thru center
Meanwhile, food banks across the country say they have only a few weeks left before all of their food runs out
Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief nonprofit in the US, estimates that 37 million are food insecure
More than 1 in 10 Americans have lost their jobs in the past three weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak

10 April 2020

Food banks across America are warning that they cannot cope with the huge surge in demand caused by mass unemployment during the coronavirus.

With tens of millions of Americans unemployed, cities across the nation are struggling to meet the demand for food as long lines are seen outside nonprofits who are feeding those hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Food banks from Maine to Washington have warned that donations have plummeted while demand has surged by many multiples etc

Motorists lined up for over a mile for emergency groceries offered Friday at a drive-up site run by a Pittsburgh food bank.

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank planned to distribute two boxes of food to each vehicle, enough to make 40 meals.

The food bank said it could offer help to 1,300 people at the three-hour event at PPG Paints Arena.

Aerial footage from KDKA-TV showed a long line of cars stretching over a mile. Long lines have been routine at emergency food giveaways held across the region in recent weeks.

Many people are seeking help for the first time, Charlese McKinney, a director at the Great Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, told KDKA, calling the need troubling.

‘They had jobs, they were able to care for their families, but their hours have been reduced or their jobs have been furloughed for a time being,’ McKinney said.

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