他捐赠了多年的当地食物银行. 现在, he's among the thousands who rely on it to feed his family

得克萨斯州的一名男子曾经将自己的时间和金钱捐献给当地的食品银行. 现在, he’s among the thousands of people relying on it during the coronavirus pandemic.

尼尔·威尔逊, a retired veteran who served in the air force for ten years, was working as a retention specialist at a cable company in Tyler, 德州, when he was suddenly laid off due to budget cuts in early March.
Although he was able to quickly find employment at a local farmdeboning chicken for eight hours a dayhe came down with a fever toward the end of March. His doctor refused to release him to go back to work, and his employer eventually let him go. He joined millions of other Americans in filing for unemployment.
With unemployment checks, Wilson said he couldn’t qualify for food stamps. And that’s how he found himself waiting in line for over three hours at North Texas Food Bank in Dallas.
    It all happened real quick,” 威尔逊 told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday. “Within a month we realized we don’t have food for thanksgiving.
    Wilson said he remembers feelinguncomfortableabout going to the food bankfor foodfor the first time.
    We were always the ones donating so we’re just not used to having to sit back and take it,” 他说. “It felt uncomfortable for us at first, but we knew we had to do it.
    Wilson is among more than 54 百万人 in the country who are facing food insecurity due to the pandemic.
    I don’t know why this happened to me,” 他说. “I was working, doing a great job and then the pandemic hit, and it just started going downhill from there.
      Wilson said he is hopeful that one day he can return to the volunteering side of the food bank.
      Once I get back on my feet again,” 他说, “… I am going to get back out there and help.

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