Thousands upon thousands of Americans have been lining up for help from food banks, with lines being sometimes four and five miles long.
First of all, that's one food bank and it's giving away free food, it's not a grocery store, so of course there will be a huge line. There are lines everywhere right now. Temporary. There are people who are not working (which is very different than unemployed) right now and need help making ends meet. Temporary. Their jobs are on hold due to a health crisis that is resolving, they are not unemployed because of a bad economy. Temporary. That food bank will see numbers like this only briefly and then it will recede when Texas begins to re-open its schools and businesses.
Second, there is no indication at all in that article that anyone was turned away. The line is indeed impressive, but all were served. Again, I'd ask you to show me where there is a food shortage or an access problem due to the Covid-19 situation. Lines at food banks do not equate to a food shortage or an access problem. Lines at grocery stores are due to social distancing, not a food access problem. Please show me where anyone is turned away from a food bank or a grocery store that has no food left and that person eats nothing because of it. Again I will stress that the produce aisles are bursting with healthy options for anyone who cares to avail herself of unprocessed, nutritious food - and for a mere fraction of the cost of what's ravaged out of the frozen food section. Produce displays are full now, have been full every day throughout this crisis and will continue to be. Nevermind my local Whole Foods, there are 40,000 grocery stores in this country. Show me one store where crowds of hungry shoppers beg for healthy options that are nowhere to be found.
You're full of theories, River. The internet is full of theories about a lot of things that could happen, written by enthusiasts who fancy themselves experts. Where is a food shortage actually happening? Where are the people who are unable to eat because of the Covid-19 situation? Show me anyone who is unable to access healthy food like kale, broccoli and beans in a store. A disruption in a system does not always mean a disaster. and in fact a disruption can present an opportunity to do things differently, to do things better. You've busied yourself with studying all of the ways that a food disaster could happen, but nevertheless, no food disaster is actually happening. If anything, this disruption in food delivery seems to be doing us a favor and is prompting many of us to re-think our dependence on convenience food and unhealthy eating habits that have led to such an obesity epidemic in this country.