Currents News Staff
Car after car lined up for a box of food to have on holiday tables in Wayne County in Raleigh, North Carolina. The line was filled with people like Theresa Carter, who lost her job six weeks ago.
“It’s the holidays, you know what I’m saying,” Theresa said. “Look at the people out here. This is ridiculous.”
She’s one of many who said a $600 dollar stimulus payment will help with one bill or two. But not more.
“It would be just to pay the rent,” said another person waiting for a box of food. “It would not help with food, gas or car payment.
“It’s gotten worse,” said Cassandra Lee, who was also on line. “People need all the help they can get. That’s why we’re in this long line now, trying to get the food that we can get.”
The Three In One Family Center organized the drive. Their founder, Gregory Quick, says this is the worst he’s ever seen it.
“Is $600 enough to help the families out here today? No, because that money has already been spent,” he said. “Basically for those that have been affected by the pandemic, lots of times their bills are behind.”
His wife Cassandra says people are running out of options.
“Kind of brings about a shame because they did everything right,” she explained. “And they thought, ‘Never would I be in line for this.’”