Desperate Americans are packing out food bank lines in California like never before, a disturbing sign the coronavirus lockdowns have given way to food insecurity.
“We’ve never seen anything like this in 35 years in business. Each one of these distribution is serving well over a thousand cars!” said the food bank’s Director Community Engagement Mike Altfest.
It is one of four locations across Alameda County where folks are receiving much needed basic food for free. They are people who may have lost their jobs when their businesses were forced to shut down due to pandemic concerns.
Altfest says people arrive as early as seven in the morning and lines don’t stop for six hours.
He adds the need for food isn’t just limited to the poor, as he sees motorists driving Toyotas, BMWs and Mercedes all queued up.