Hundreds of families queue in cars from 4am at Atlanta food bank in desperate bid to get supplies as coronavirus pandemic hits pockets hard

Friday, April 17, 2020
By Paul Martin

Motorists queued at the food distribution food bank in Georgia as they waited their turn for food
The pantry’s director said up to 300 families were expected in a single day because of the coronavirus crisis
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler recently said nearly a million Georgians have filed for unemployment
Food pantries nationwide have been inundated with people seeking emergency supplies amid the pandemic

17 April 2020

Hundreds of families lined up in their cars at 4am outside a food bank in Atlanta in a desperate bid to get supplies as residents grapple with the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

By the time the Real Life Center food bank opened at 10am at Grace Church, Fayetville, Georgia there were already 200 families in need of food help.

Cathy Berggen, Real Life Center Executive Director, said the food bank usually provides for 200 families each month. It was expecting to help up to 300 families in just one single day because of the financial fallout caused by coronavirus.

State Labor Secretary Mark Butler told local news outlets WSB-TV: ‘We are reaching unprecedented claim levels of almost one million Georgians filing for unemployment. That is one in every ten people who are turning to the GDOL for unemployment assistance.’

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