Thousands of Desperate People Flood Food Bank Lines

Mish

People wait in their cars Thursday at Traders Village for the San Antonio Food Bank to begin food distribution.

Please consider 'We Just Can’t Feed This Many'

In perhaps the most sobering reminder yet of the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the San Antonio Food Bank aided about 10,000 households Thursday in a record-setting giveaway.

“It was a rough one today,” said Food Bank president and CEO Eric Cooper after the largest single-day distribution in the nonprofit’s 40-year history. “We have never executed on as large of a demand as we are now.”

The majority of vehicles began lining up to enter the parking lot at Traders Village well before dawn for the 10 a.m. kick off.

“It looked like prairie dogs out there, with all the people standing on top of their trucks, trying to get an eagle-eye view of the line to see how much longer they had to wait,” said Brian Billeck, marketing manager at Traders Village.

Wow.

This is truly saddening. It's the modern day version of the Great Depression soup lines.

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I would rather see money go to these efforts than how Congress formulated some parts of the graft-laden federal programs.

People don't wait hours in food lines for milk and dried beans unless they truly need it.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Irondoor
Irondoor

Where are the checks? Treasury says that the IRS? can only process a limited number of check per week. Some people won't get a check until 20 weeks. Is the check-processing department working 24/7? No. Is the check-processing department working on weekends? No.

The country is unable to respond to a crisis of any major sort. The people it hires for these incidents are, no fault of their own, completely out of their normal element when it come to preparedness. No Plan, No training. No implementation.

What would happen if we had a "real" emergency? The Chinese would own us.

tokidoki
tokidoki

"Greatest economy ever!!!"

You can take that to the bank .... the food bank that is.

I also agree that money should be going to states to feed people. But this is a banana republic. And we don't even have that many bananas here, just plain banana derivatives.

I made a donation on GoFundMe the other day, and it made me think that GoFundMe and Amazon are probably the real government nowadays.

tokidoki
tokidoki

Everything is working according to the design of the neoliberals. This is not a bug, it's a feature.

k-rits
k-rits

The biggest difference between the great depression pictures and the current one?

$80 million worth of cars

Not saying that people aren’t hurting, but it’s a reminder that poverty means something different today than it did in the 1930s.

For example, my grandfather (age 12) couldn’t bring himself to eat the family pet rabbit when his mother felt compelled to cook it up.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, while maintaining some historical perspective until it does.

Wmjack50
Wmjack50

Wonder how many of those lined up are US citizens and how many are illegal aliens.
I would guess that US citizens in need of assistance are on government programs that use EBT cards that are used in grocery stores to purchase food

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

Just wondering how many if those people voted for tRump and will vote for him again this year

ohno
ohno

This is scary because for those of us who are doing ok this could easily spill over in the form of crimes such as home invasion. No job, no money, nothing to lose. All they can worry about is the precious stock market. This entire country is set to implode. They better hurry and realize they aren't going to have time to implement all their "dont let a crisis go to waste" bs agenda because this place is going to get burnt down before long I fear.

Blurtman
Blurtman

80,000 people died from the flu in the US a few years back. This is all so unnecessary. A complete overreaction by a guy fighting yesterday's war.

AshH
AshH

Where is the Tea Party? I'd expect them to be going bananas over bailing out corps and 1%ers at the expense of the 99%ers. Or maybe they were just an anti-Obama group with no real guiding principles after all?

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

The first US case of CV19 was Jan 20 in Washington state and 89 days later we have 17 million unemployed and massive food lines along with 20,597 deaths. It makes me wonder what the next 90 days will bring but I suspect none of it will be good. This is a good time to observe and learn. There is an old proverb that whatever happens once is bound to happen twice.

TumblingDice
TumblingDice

The country needs to demand more from candidates running for office and push for better candidates. We need candidates who can solve really issues not just pander to their base. Look at the 2016 presidential election for example. Democrats run Hillary as if she is the incumbent. For the Republican field that year, I thought Chris Christie was the most qualified and had the most integrity of the group.

Don't get me started on this year's democratic field for president.

Jojo
Jojo

Spain and other countries are starting to return to work next week. A lot of people are beginning to realize that they have gotten snookered about how infectious and dangerous the CV19 virus really is. Politicians are going to pay a heavy price come the Nov elections the longer they keep the country shut-down.

In Spain, some nonessential employees can go back to work starting Monday.
April 11, 2020

Spain, the only European country hit harder than Italy by the pandemic, is preparing to ease restrictions as the number of deaths fall, allowing some nonessential employees to return to work on Monday. But Health Minister Salvador Illa insisted his country was not in a “de-escalation phase” and the World Health Organization warned that any loosening of limits carries risk.

Greggg
Greggg

Michigan State "Police" blocked off traffic on I-75 and are not letting people into the state. This started Saturday morning. It wasn't blocked off Thursday night. Of course, this is because of covid 19.

borderdenizen
borderdenizen

Seeing the empty shelves in my local supermarket was surreal and now seeing multiple stories form multiple states of car-park lines to the food banks makes me think that the old Soviets are tittering. They got theirs, now it is our turn. Our planned economy is failing now because it is too sclerotic and corrupt and failed to ensure the citizenry was taken care of beyond the the comfortable politically correct party members who parrot Fox/CNN (Pravda) news sound bites.
@AshH, where is the tea party? Big government is picking our (the working class') pockets by giving massive bailouts to their friends and relatives and giving comparative chump-change to everyone else: so the tea party was just a purge of the Mensheviks. The Supreme Soviet is here and the Premier gives news conferences daily!

MaxBnb
MaxBnb

Nothing new here --Socialism does not work.

beliefs that government is here to help you it lead to penury and slavery.

same as belief in fiat money.

numike
numike

Maybe the administration would take a bit more care with the coronavirus pandemic if it weren’t loaded with folks who are looking forward to the end of the world https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/trump-evangelicals-apocalypse-coronavirus-981995/

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

Sounds Inflationary

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

Once people start to get back to work, it will take years to repair their household finances and build financial safety nets. The steep selloff in the stock market will encourage people to amass cash and cash-like investments. This shock has convinced many that social safety nets (charity and gov't) are insufficient and unreliable. Discretionary spending and investing will be muted for years.

wootendw
wootendw

In the mean time, farmers and food companies who supplied restaurants say demand has collapsed. Dairy farmers are dumping milk they can't sell in an unfree market.

readunzreview
readunzreview

What do you think the folks in their houses are going to do when attacked by a mob of hungry people. They're going to take out their guns and shoot at them. Along with their neighbors.

readunzreview
readunzreview

You nailed my friend.

lol
lol

Look at the horror stories coming from Florida,There unemployment benefits system was permanently shut down by Rick Scott,now millions of folks who need that cash are SOL,billions in tax dollars meant for unemployment comp gone (to Slick Rick's Cayman account)!Where did all that cash (after the boys in Tallahasse took there cut)go?

killben
killben

Headline at marketwatch - "16 million people just got laid off but U.S. stocks had their best week in 45 years"

So if 30 million get laid off, US stocks would have their best week in 100 years. Powell, great going! After all what does a few millions unemployed matter if it is going to get stocks to its ATH. Powell, you can do it. Give them moar!!

BaronAsh
BaronAsh

Wow! Truly sad. Another month or two will break the back of the US body politic (as well as other similar countries). But will such structural damage result in the country throwing off the yoke imposed by the parasitical financial elite, or will the latter finally get the totalitarian 'monopoly capitalism' which by nature they must always strive to achieve?

Time will tell..

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

Almost ALL of the cars in that picture look CONSIDERABLY newer than what is sitting in my garage/driveway.

Captain Ahab
Captain Ahab

This should be a wake-up call to the U.S.
Depending upon any government, Federal, state, or local, to take care of you is foolhardy at best. It doesn't matter whether we're talking commerce or citizenry. Only public 'servants' will escape the fallout--I suspect none have been furloughed since this began.
If not a public 'servant', then, the greater the dependence, the greater the damage. And it will get far worse.
The Founders would be ashamed.

Jackula
Jackula

I hope we are just seeing the American love of free shit, I am concerned tho that the policy responses are just the same old same old, we are gonna have no middle class after this.

Cajundoug
Cajundoug

In Boise we have excess capacity at the Food Bank. I was surprised to see notices that people need to come get the food. Our case rate is about 1 per 100,00, same as much of the country.

Wmjack50
Wmjack50

Well Art Izagud I agree you don't need COPS to prove your value of service to yourself or your friends---but you sure will need COPS (money) When you go to make a claim against your fellowman at the car dealer or grocery store. I would suggest you learn a skill that is of high value to your fellowman so you can get many certificates of performance otherwise you will always be needy unhappy and unskilled

Wmjack50
Wmjack50

Reply to Tengen re Walter Williams relevance as an economist---
Tengen your argument is absurd and untrue.. You would do well to get on Utube and watch all of Walter William's videos and get educated


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