10,000 families showed up at a Texas food bank as US unemployment rate saw historic rise
- Approximately 10,000 households showed up in their cars to receive food from a San Antonio, Texas food bank, overwhelming the organization.
- “I don’t know if we can keep up the pace that the demand is requiring,” San Antonio Food Bank CEO Eric Cooper said.
- Still, the organization said it was hoping to hold two more food distribution dates next week.
- Nationally, around 16.8 million people have applied to receive unemployment benefits in the last three weeks.
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Approximately 10,000 households showed up Thursday at a food bank in San Antonio, Texas to receive free food amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“It was a rough one today,” Eric Cooper, San Antonio Food Bank President and CEO Eric Cooper told The San Antonio Express-News. He said Thursday marked the largest single-day distribution in the nonprofit group’s four decades.
He added: “We have never executed on as large of a demand as we are now.”
About 6,000 households had pre-registered for Thursday’s food distribution at a flea market on the city’s south side, though “thousands more” showed up, causing the distribution to last from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. — four hours longer scheduled.
Food distributed included milk, beans, and …continued .
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