As $600 weekly benefit expires, more in Westchester may be lining up for food

The $600 weekly unemployment benefit is expiring at midnight, leading local food pantries to believe they are in for a busy August.

News 12 Staff

Jul 31, 2020, 9:30 PM

Updated 1,395 days ago

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The $600 weekly unemployment benefit is expiring at midnight, leading local food pantries to believe they are in for a busy August.
Feeding Westchester officials say the need for food has more than doubled since the coronavirus pandemic began nearly five months ago.
Nancy Lyons says she’s expecting longer lines to start forming.
"I cannot imagine a household that can take that kind of loss and not feel its devastation," she told News 12.
The benefit, meant to be short-term, has kept millions of families afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was in North White Plains Friday where she blamed Republicans for not brokering a deal to extend the benefit.
"I think the $600 is really needed until the end of the pandemic and we don’t have agreement on that. [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell only wants to give people $200," she said.
While economic experts forecasting another slowdown, Feeding Westchester says it is ready to meet the needs of residents.
"We will keep doing it, we want to take at least one worry for them," says Lyons.
The U.S. Senate has adjourned for the weekend.


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