The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Food lines stretch in this country, too

Mar 17, 2008

In Logan, Ohio, people wait 5 hours in line to receive a box of emergency food rations twice a month.

The lines of cars and trucks start forming four hours before the food distribution center opens. Lines of 200 vehicles stretch for over two miles. Both laid off workers and the “working poor,” those who make $5 to $6 an hour, line up for food that they couldn’t otherwise afford. The elderly make up the largest group of recipients.

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks, said that the network “is on the verge of collapsing under unprecedented demand.”

Things in this country might not be as bad as they are in poor countries like Burkina Faso or Cameroon – yet.