Amidst the Covid19 pandemic, extremely high unemployment, business closures, temporary and permanent job losses, the massive breakdown of the US economy, soaring high pandemic infection rates and stay at home orders, Americans are going hungry. There is a food crisis and food insecurity in America. Many Americans are accepting charity for the first time so that their families can eat. The world is used to seeing large shipments of food coming their way donated by American organizations, both government and NGOs. Now Americans are in need of the food donations.
The alarming reality is Americans, especially families are going hungry. The distribution of food is government and charitable, large scale but rationed. It is not from earned dollars and purchased at the retailer, because for many, this is no longer a possibility. The food lines stretch for miles, with thousands of cars or people in lines, depending on the demographic. When the driver reaches the distribution station they pop open the trunk and the staff fills it with an average of 20 meals, of whatever is available.
THE PICTURE! The picture above of the San Antonio, Texas food bank has gone viral, taken by William Luther for the San Antonio Express News...
"I think it really helped put clarity on something that was really difficult for people to understand," Luther said. (the photographer of "the picture")
If there was any doubt that COVID has deepened America's hunger crisis, that picture dispelled it.
Please watch video...https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-rise-in-americans-food-insecurity/
Here are more links showing the reality of America today. See the short clips of video and see for yourself.
Pandemic forces many Americans to rely on food banks...CBS Evening News - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lug72fb2kDU
The rise in Americans' food insecurity, San Antonio, Texas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI6Nt8EpvSQ
Line at Queens food pantry stretches for 8 blocks, Queens, NYC - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyQUYbnHaaU
LA Times Today: the LA Regional Food Bank has been a lifeline for people in need, Los Angeles, CA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCYMnbpyO6c
Largest U.S. food bank remains busier than normal during pandemic, Houston,Texas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7ERTPJiYPw
Always keeping it real...JoMarie