Thousands of desperate Americans line up at food banks as coronavirus unemployment toll skyrockets

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
By Paul Martin

by: Tracey Watson
Monday, May 04, 2020

With the pandemic taking hold just after the new year began, 2020 has proven to be one of the worst years in history for people everywhere, and residents of the United States are no exception. For many, fears about getting ill with the coronavirus have now been eclipsed by desperate anxiety about where their next paycheck will come from or how they will find the money to feed their families.

By early April, over 16.8 million Americans had filed for unemployment benefits – a number so large and unprecedented that labor departments nationwide have been completely overwhelmed, creating a massive backlog of applications.

This backlog, in turn, has meant that millions have been left stranded without any source of income for many weeks. And since most Americans live paycheck to paycheck, this has ultimately left a huge number of people without the resources to even buy their next meal.

As reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail, this has left many with no option but to turn to food banks for help, and these food banks are quickly becoming overwhelmed as well.

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