Stars and Stripes stripes.com 31 Dec, 2020 21:30 am

A troubling measurement of the pandemic economy: Food pantry lines

A troubling measurement of the pandemic economy: Food pantry lines
In communities throughout metro Atlanta, virtually every day of the week, new people are lining up by the hundreds to get free food. The numbers continue to stun food pantry organizers.

A troubling measurement of the pandemic economy: Food pantry lines Food bank volunteer Mark Jeffreys, left, distributes dry goods, fresh vegetables and frozen meats at New City Church in Peachtree City, Ga.The numbers continue to stun food pantry organizers.But 10 months since the coronavirus spread locally, cars in food pantry drive-thru pick-up lanes — a measure taken to encourage social distancing — are spilling onto nearby streets and raising logistical challenges., a food pantry at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church served an average of 180 families a week last year.

She recently went to a food pantry at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, though she felt guilty for doing so.But pantry directors had braced for the area's financial pain to worsen as special federal unemployment benefits and a moratorium on evictions were slated to expire in December.

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