One Mile Long Line Forms At Pennsylvania Food Bank
This virus is killing our economy and causing many to lose their jobs. Luckily families still have things like unemployment and food banks to turn to during this rough job market. But it looks like food banks are seeing a surge of traffic to an absurd level. Police had to setup bathrooms every 3/10ths of a mile as people waited in a mile-long line to get to a Pittsburg food bank. That's just how bad we have gotten and we are barely two months into this pandemic.
"When the food bank opened at noon, KDKA’s Chris Hoffman reported a mile-long line of two rows of cars practically stretching all the way to Route 837.
There are so many cars, police are directing traffic and restrictions are in place until 5 p.m. Monday.
As cars finally get to the front of the line, the food bank is loading the boxes of food right into the trunk to avoid any contact.
The food will be given out until 3:00 p.m.
The last two food distributions drew massive crowds and caused major delays on Route 837. The food bank anticipates helping out about 1,700 families today. Food is going fast right now during the coronavirus pandemic."
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"Second Harvest Food Bank CEO Harald Herrmann took in the new reality.
“Clearly this is unprecedented,” he said of the coronavirus pandemic. “The demand for food from residents of this county is staggering. The job loss coupled with school closures is putting tremendous pressure on many working-class families in this community,” Herrmann said."
"Susan Dickinson, the department’s director of unemployment compensation benefits policy, warned that due to the unprecedented volume of applications, 834,684, the department has been delayed in issuing the personal identification numbers needed to file biweekly claims. Applicants who do not receive them in time to file their first biweekly claim will be permitted to file claims for three or four weeks at a time, she said."
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"Food pantries across the country are experiencing the same surge in traffic.
The Orange Country Register reported another mile-long line of vehicles formed outside the Second Harvest Food Bank in Anaheim, California, on March 21, during a pop-up distribution event.
Vice reported that food banks across the U.S. are experiencing a "tsunami" of people in need amid the coronavirus crisis, noting that "some places are seeing double their normal amount of clientele."
This is great that Pittsburgh was able to help so many families, hopefully they can keep it up as this pandemic continues on.