Coronavirus woes: Americans in the wealthiest states are now turning to food banks for aid during the pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
By Paul Martin

by: Zoey Sky
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

In less than a year, COVID-19 has infected millions of people, and the disease continues to spread across the globe. In the U.S., it has affected people from different walks of life, even those from the wealthiest states.

Due to the lockdown policies being implemented throughout the U.S., businesses have closed down and the unemployment rate has skyrocketed to alarming highs.

Households are desperate to have food to provide for their families.

Citizens from Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are now traveling miles to receive food bank handouts during the pandemic.

Los Angeles and Pennsylvania

On April 28, hundreds of Americans lined up to receive food handouts in L.A. and Prospect, Pennsylvania.

Countless cars could be seen waiting in line for the drive-thru food giveaway in Pico Rivera, California. Hard-working volunteers with face masks, gloves and high-visibility jackets were tasked with giving out supplies.

Images showed people in L.A. waiting in cars lined up along the edge of empty basketball courts and a football field at Ruben Salazar High School.

An aerial photo also revealed an abandoned community pool. Instead of cooling off at the pool, the crowds were gathered in the area to wait before they could enter the food bank area.

Volunteers from the L.A. Regional Food Bank and the city passed gallons of milk through car windows at the event. One of the volunteers held up a sign to remind drivers to open their trunks so volunteers can put bags and boxes of food in the cars and avoid unnecessary contact.

L.A. County is suffering the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic economically. Reports say 47 percent of jobs in the area are at risk at since, especially since 69 percent of jobs can’t be done from home.

In Prospect, vehicles stretched as far as the Big Butler Fairgrounds. Volunteers are expecting over 1,500 cars bearing people who will receive two 25-pound boxes of food every Tuesday. Another aerial image captured hundreds of cars lined up at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Early in May, 3.2 million Americans have filed for unemployment claims.

The worrying increase in unemployment has negated all of the jobs gained during the longest employment boom in American history. Due to the repercussions of the pandemic, economists have issued warnings that the unemployment rate could surge by about 20 percent for April, which will be the highest rate since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

On April 28, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared that a number of workplaces, schools and childcare facilities can gradually reopen after the state enhances coronavirus testing and contact tracing. While other states have started easing up on lockdown rules, Newsom insisted on the stay-at-home order for the state until recently.

He explained the state’s steps for reopening, insisting that California is weeks away from being able to lift coronavirus restrictions. But even as rates of infections have slowed in certain areas of California, Los Angeles County was the hardest-hit area.

Official figures released on May 14 revealed that the death toll in Los Angeles County reached 1,659, with 34,428 confirmed cases.

Within L.A. County, the rate of deaths and infections has accelerated. About 315 people have died, with 7,218 confirmed new cases for the seven-day period that ended on April 26.

Pennsylvania was also one of the states that kept its stay-at-home order in place. The executive order ran until April 30. As of April 28, the state recorded 1,716 deaths and 43,264 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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One Response to “Coronavirus woes: Americans in the wealthiest states are now turning to food banks for aid during the pandemic”

  1. laura ann

    People in wealthy S. Fla. lined up on TV news for food, these folks are wealthy, average person can’t afford to live there.


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