Desperate three-mile queues for foodbanks as demand spikes amid Covid-19 job losses
Texans have queued for up to three miles to receive foodbank care packages (Image: NBC)
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Desperate Americans are forming queues of up to three miles long for foodbanks amid record job losses in the US due to the coronavirus crisis.
The extraordinary queues have been seen in Texas, while in California one foodbank has experienced 125% increase in demand, NBC Nightly News reports.
Across the US almost 24 million Americans are reportedly struggling to afford food, up by six million because of the pandemic.
It comes as the number of people infected by the deadly bug in the States has topped 11 million, with nearly 250,000 dead and mounting criticism of Donald Trump's failure to take the pandemic seriously enough.
Milwaukee foodbank boss Sherrie Tussler said: "I'm really afraid that in January there's not going to be any food."
It comes as millions of Americans face losing their unemployment benefits at the end of the year unless Congress extends pandemic-related aid programmes.
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The looming expiration would spark the most substantial reduction to unemployment benefits since the end of July, when a $600 (£450) weekly supplement expired.
And with coronavirus infections surging, some economists caution that job losses could rise during the winter, increasing the need for support.
The majority of people receiving unemployment benefits are now participating through programmes created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed by Congress in March.
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Meanwhile, the number of people receiving regular unemployment benefits is declining as people facing long stretches of joblessness exhaust their state benefits and move on to pandemic programmes.
If nothing changes, more than 13 million people are at risk of seeing their benefits end, potentially leaving them with less money to pay the rent, buy groceries or cover other bills.
That decline in household income, combined with rising infections, could further slow consumer spending.