Another Tarrant Area Food Bank distribution event commenced on Friday. The Mega Mobile Market was organized by TAFB at Herman Clark Stadium in Fort Worth.
The Army National Guard helped to distribute the food to hundreds of North Texans. Many of the food recipients had no work for weeks.
According to the Tarrant Area Food Bank CEO, they handed out groceries to some 3,000 people on Friday. She expects this number to grow as more and more people are losing their jobs.
The TAFB handed out groceries to thousands of people for most of who were furloughed due to the pandemic.
Ted Forbes, one of the recipients said, "Rough. I haven't worked in five weeks my son hasn't worked in five weeks. We've got four kids at the house."
TAFB CEO Julie Butner says the organization held 15 food banks per week. Now, they're up to 40.
Butner said, "The unemployment rate is going up." "So we're anticipating having to be able to continue to need to provide this type of service to the community until we can get the economy back."
According to the latest jobs report, employers cut 140,000 more jobs last month than they added as the pandemic worsened and more offices shut down. It was the first month of job losses for the economy since April.
SMU Economist Mike Davis says the economic rebound will largely depend on how quickly folks can get vaccinated. It’s a daunting task for local municipalities begging states for more doses.
"There's a real concern that what was looking like an okay recovery from a really bad recession is now kind of flat-lined a little bit," Davis said. "And that is certainly consistent by the way with the news we’re getting on the pandemic."