Since March 14, 26.5 million American have filed unemployment claims seeking financial relief — and families are struggling to feed themselves. 

In Miami, more than 1,000 families slept in their cars to keep their place in line outside a food distribution center. Around 10,000 people showed up to a similar food distribution in San Antonio. 

“We have a humanitarian food crisis on our hands,” said celebrity chef José Andrés, whose program World Central Kitchen is working to provide meals to people and first responders.“Food banks are overwhelmed. School districts are overwhelmed, supermarkets, all of a sudden normal things are hard to do … the lines are growing up everywhere at the same time.”

Speaking during CNN’s coronavirus global town hall, Andrés urged government officials to address the growing crisis and set aside partisan conflicts. “This is not about Republicans or Democrats. This is about Americans, we the people. Many people right now as they are losing their jobs, they are in desperate need of somebody to be feeding them,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Andrés has cooked in disaster scenarios: He also helped cook for those affected in the Bahamas during Hurricane Dorian, and after Hurricane MariaHurricane Florenceand the California wildfires

Andrés and his team also helped cook for federal government workers who were furloughed or working without pay during the 35-day partial shutdown last January.

Source: CNN.News

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