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We won’t run out.

Here’s an account of a day at the food pantry line from a hardworking guy in his 50’s who is laid off. It’s his first time.

I’ve been one of those volunteers. I wish I could tell him that it was our privilege to serve people like him. I’m not a virtue signaler and most of the time, I’m a pretty “get off your ass and make it happen” kind of person. I was not a helicopter parent. I can be insensitive and clueless.

But food and income insecurity hits my soft spot, if you can say I have one at all. There are too many people like this guy. He’s worked hard all his life and he’s been waiting for unemployment checks and stimulus checks and waiting and waiting. All three adults in his house are laid off. He’s also got a granddaughter living with him. Taking this worry off his mind is the least we can do.

The food pantries around the country won’t run out. Hopefully, we won’t need them for too much longer. But as long as those of us who are still employed have a little money, we can contribute to organizations like Feeding America and World Central Kitchen, No child will ever have to go to bed hungry.

(If you get your meals delivered from companies like sunbasket, Hello Fresh or Blue Apron, you may also be able to donate your weekly boxes. In sunbasket, go to Schedule>>Forward and choose your option. The company will donate your groceries to Feeding America.)

Unless their parents can’t drive to the food bank. Maybe that’s the next problem we have to solve: gas money and transportation.

By the way, if you worked all your life and paid into the unemployment system for your state, there is zero excuse for your state government to make it difficult or impossible for you to get your benefits. You deserve them. And stimulus checks. And food stamps. All of it.

This isn’t Haiti and we should never allow our country to become Haiti. We need to set an example, not follow one.

It’s never a bad thing to be nice to people.

4 Responses

  1. I posted this two threads ago, but I think it deserves re-posting:

    The Conservative Victimhood Complex Has Made America Impossible To Govern

    https://theweek.com/articles/914220/conservative-victimhood-complex-made-america-impossible-govern

  2. The guy in the article still defends Trump. He is in this position because of the incompetence of Trump but yet he still can’t see it. And the Rick Scott is the reason why he can’t access unemployment. The first step in moving forward is accountability.

    • I agree that it’s maddening. But I also think we need to be extra kind these days. We all deserve dignity and respect. No one deserves this. Not even Trumpers.

      • I don’t know. I feel sorry for some of them but I have to say they voted for and still support a failed game show host. it seems they have lost the ability to reason and think.

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