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A staggering 5.6 million people struggled to put enough food on the table in the past week according to US Census survey data, while an estimated two million people are expected to go hungry in New York this holiday season.
Long queues formed outside the Food Bank Community Kitchen in New York yesterday as families continue to struggle under the weight of doubling unemployment since the pandemic began.
Millions of Americans are continuing to line up for food relief ahead of Thanksgiving today, while coronavirus fears are stripping food banks of volunteers. People pictured at the food bank run by Metro World Child in Bushwick, Brooklyn on Thursday where the charity offered hot seated meals for anyone who asked for it
The long line at the Metro World Child food bank in Bushwick, Brooklyn pictured above on Thanksgiving Thursday
People pictured handing out hot meals for Thanksgiving at the Metro World Child run food bank in Bushwick, Brooklyn. From April up to October 31 they had distributed 866,368 meals, serving 504,022 people and 2,305,133 pounds of food
Long lines of people practiced social distancing and wore masks as they waited for their special Thanksgiving meal
The food bank set up festive tables under tents adorned with balloons and pumpkins for those who wanted to sit down to enjoy their hot Thanksgiving meal on Thursday
The food distribution started at 11am and saw long lines throughout the holiday afternoon
A woman pictured accepting a Thanksgiving meal handed out by a police officer at the Metro World Child food bank in Bushwick, Brooklyn on Thursday
The line extended for blocks at the Metro World Child food bank in Bushwick, Brooklyn on Thanksgiving day as the nation reels from a spike in joblessness and hunger
Long lines were also seen at the Food Bank for New York hand out at the Food Bank Community Kitchen in Manhattan
President and CEO of Food Bank for New York Leslie Gordon said around two million people in the city are expected to go hungry this Thanksgiving, up 500,000 from previous years.
Gordon told the New York Post: ‘It’s people who never thought they would find themselves standing on line for food to feed themselves and their families.
‘Some of these folks are donors to Food Bank — people who used to write checks to support our work, and now they are on line.’
The food bank’s chief development officer Matt Honeycutt told The Guardian: ‘We’ve been hustling to ramp supplies back up before the holidays [and] sending more trucks into neighborhoods, so people don’t have wait in cold, crowded lines.’
Comedian Tracy Morgan gave out free Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of Brooklyn NYCHA residents on Saturday.
Food Bank for New York distributes Thanksgiving meals to go yesterday as thousands queue in the street
President and CEO of Food Bank for New York Leslie Gordon said around two million people in the city are expected to go hungry this Thanksgiving, up 500,000 from previous years
President and CEO of Food Bank for New York Leslie Gordon said: ‘It’s people who never thought they would find themselves standing on line for food to feed themselves and their families’
A Food Bank for New York volunteer hand out a parcel at the Food Bank Community Kitchen yesterday
New Yorkers queue in the street for food parcels yesterday ahead of Thanksgiving
Food Bank For New York chief development officer Matt Honeycutt said: ‘We’ve been hustling to ramp supplies back up before the holidays’
Democratic candidate for US Senator Raphael Warnock pictured speaking at the Hosea Helps Thanksgiving Dinner Drive Thru at the Georgia World Congress Center on Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia where he helped hand out meals to families in need
Raphael Warnock and Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff hand out boxes of food to the needy at the annual food drive that was turned into a drive-thru concept due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
A view of people gathering at the food giveaway at the Georgia World Congress Center on Thursday above
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock pictured speaking up with masked up food drive attendees
The two candidates for senate Ossoff (left) and Warnock (right) loaded boxes into cars at the drive-thru food giveaway on Thanksgiving Thursday
Morgan grew up at the Tompkins Houses complex where the meals were delivered and came with his daughter Maven, seven, and son Tracy Jr, 29.
He said: ‘I’d like to take a moment to wish everybody in the Tompkins project a beautiful, beautiful and safe, safe — please stay safe — holiday season.’
Meanwhile, residents in East Rutherford, New Jersey, waited for up to five hours to receive their parcels at the Meadowlands entertainment complex.
A distraught woman told CNN: ‘If it wasn’t for this place, we wouldn’t know where we would get our food.’
Rhode Island Community Food Bank said as many as one in four households in the state was facing food insecurity, with food banks in the state seeing an increase in demand of around 26 percent.
A volunteer take part in the Meadowlands Area YMCA and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey food drive ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, where people waited for up to five hours to receive their parcels
Snoop Dogg arrived at a Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway inn Inglewood, California, on Monday in his baby blue classic car
The rapper (centre) helps give out frozen turkeys with Inglewood James T Butts (left). Snoop Dogg has described Thanksgiving as one of his favorite holidays
A volunteer packs a box of food ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday during Meadowlands Area YMCA and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey food drive
The program manager of CityTeam in San Jose, California, said demand for food assistance had more than tripled this year.
Hermie Smit told KTVU2: ‘We’re on track to serve about 5,000, maybe more.’
In Los Angeles on Monday, Snoop Dogg was handing out a turkey and all the trimmings to 2,500 Inglewood residents who had pre-registered for a drive-through event at the SoFi Stadium, home to the LA Chargers and Rams.
The day before, Tyler Perry, the billionaire actor and film studio owner, sparked chaos in Atlanta by offering 5,000 boxes of free Thanksgiving foods – corn muffin mix, tinned green beans and side dishes, plus a $25 voucher.
People queued for up to 16 hours to get hold of one of the boxes, with lines of traffic stretching back 12 miles and snarling up roads all around Perry’s Atlanta studio.
Hundreds of cars waited in line in Austin for Monday’s food distribution event
Traffic was snarled up as tired people, some of whom spent the night in their cars, waited for their free food
Good Samaritans were out in Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day feeding the homeless and giving to those less fortunate. Pictured is Charles Jackson, 53, a homeless man who was given a meal outside of the Wheat Street Baptist Church by the charitable organization LovelyBodies on Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta
Jackson showed off his Thanksgiving feast of stuffing, turkey, ham, smashed potatoes, greens and mac and cheese
Lines formed at Jefferson Place in Atlanta, an Emergency Transitional housing complex, where Bridge Builders of Atlanta handed out food
Dana Cureton pictured handing out food to people who lined up in downtown Atlanta. She works with Claudine’s Closet which feeds the homeless and gave out 332 meals on Thanksgiving Day
Adrian Moore Sr with Bridge Builders of Atlanta pictured handing out food to those who needed a hot Thanksgiving meal above in Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day
Volunteers with Claudine’s Closet pictured handing out food to the homeless and hungry on Thanksgiving Day in downtown Atlanta
But coronavirus fears are also stripping soup kitchens, food banks and charities across of volunteers across the country.
A food bank in the Rocky Mountain city of Idaho Falls that fed up to 200 hungry people a day pre-pandemic was forced to close its doors this month.
‘We can’t get the volunteers because of safety concerns,’ said Ariel Jackson, head of the Community Food Basket.
There’s no shortage of needy people but, without volunteers, charities have been forced to pare back or change their distribution systems and find other ways to help.
More than 54 million Americans could go hungry during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks.
Fuelling those numbers are an estimated 3.6 million Americans who have been out of work for more than six months, according to the US Labor Department.
Lines of cars stretched 12 miles long as people waited to get in to Perry’s Atlanta studios on Sunday
The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits has been rising as the United States has been slammed by a fresh wave of coronavirus infections. More than 12 million people have been infected, the highest number globally.
‘I’ve definitely seen new folks in the lines who do not look like they’ve been living in the streets,’ said Lillian Mark, deputy director of programming at the Glide Foundation, a charity in the California city of San Francisco.
Before the pandemic, Glide had up to 700 volunteers a week preparing and serving more than 2,000 on-site meals a day, which it has halted in favor of pre-packaged to-go meals, Mark said.
For Thanksgiving, when Glide plans to serve hot meals under tents pitched in the city’s Tenderloin District, the ranks of volunteers have definitely thinned, Mark said.
‘Folks who have volunteered here holiday after holiday for years, or folks who have volunteered with us two days a week for years, especially those who are older, are definitely sheltering in place,’ she said.
‘They definitely feel more vulnerable and so they’re opting out.’
Michael Jordan makes an ‘incredible gift’ and donates $2M from The Last Dance proceeds to Feeding America
He’s arguably the greatest basketball player of all time.
And Michael Jordan revealed his heart of gold with an impressive $2million donation to the nonprofit Feeding America ahead of the holiday season.
The organization tweeted praise to the athletic legend for his generous contribution as he insisted it’s ‘more important than ever to pause and give thanks’ amid a challenging COVID-19 era.
Amazing: Michael Jordan revealed his heart of gold with an impressive $2million donation to the nonprofit Feeding America ahead of the holiday season
Feeding America is a hunger relief organization that supplies ‘more than 200 food banks with goods to feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other community-based agencies.’
‘In these challenging times and in a year of unimaginable difficulty due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to pause and give thanks,’ he said in a statement shared by the nonprofit.
‘I am proud to be donating additional proceeds from The Last Dance to Feeding America and its food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago to help feed America’s hungry.’
Feeding America shared the news on Twitter: ‘An incredible gift to be thankful for – NBA legend Michael Jordan is donating $2 million to help our neighbors facing hunger!’
Blessings: The organization tweeted praise to the athletic legend for his generous contribution as he insisted it’s ‘more important than ever to pause and give thanks’ amid a challenging COVID-19 era
Good guy: Michael revealed earlier this year that he would be donating his entire $4million profit from The Last Dance to charity
Michael revealed earlier this year that he would be donating his entire $4million profit from The Last Dance to charity.
The 10-episode ESPN docuseries chronicled his rise to fame with the championship winning Chicago Bulls, and focused on the 1997-98 season with the team’s quest to win another Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
A representative told People in May: ‘Michael has already committed to donating to Friends of the Children, a national non-profit that provides vulnerable children, ages 4-6, with professional mentors who stay with them from kindergarten through graduation, and we are vetting additional Coronavirus-related causes.’
The Hall of Famer and his Jordan Brand announced in June that they will donate $100 million to social organizations ‘dedicated to ensuring racial equality’ amid the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The 10-episode ESPN docuseries chronicled his rise to fame with the championship winning Chicago Bulls, and focused on the 1997-98 season with the team’s quest to win another Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy
Baller: Jordan won six championship rings with the Bulls and is the current principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets
‘The Jordan Brand is us, the Black Community,’ the statement said. ‘Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people.’
During an interview with Craig Melvin in 2019, it was revealed that Jordan had donated more than $30million to activist projects, including ‘$5 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, at least $3 million to hurricane relief, millions to Make-A-Wish and millions to Chicago-area-charities.’
‘My purpose for doing it is because I see a certain need,’ he told Melvin. ‘I feel a certain warmth about it. If I feel like I’m making a difference, that’s all that matters to me.’