America is supposed to be a super power, yet we still watch people starve in this country every day. According to the World Hunger Organization, “in 2010, 17.2 million households, 14.5 percent of households (approximately one in seven), were food insecure, the highest number ever recorded in the United States.”
Saturday, March 23, in front of dozens of families, Sun Trust Bank foreclosed on a Laney Walker Supermarket in Augusta, Georgia, and ordered all of the contents of the supermarket to be sent to a landfill instead of given to the families waiting with bags to pick up the perfectly good food.
“The bank ordered the food to be loaded into dumpsters and hauled to a landfill instead of distributed. The people that gathered had to be restrained by police as they saw perfectly good food destroyed. Local Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the news “a potential for a riot was extremely high.”
The store owner said that there was an arrangement for the food to be picked up by a local church that did not show up to pick up the food. The families watched as “baby food, canned goods, noodles and other non-perishables” were discarded.
“People got children out here that are hungry, thirsty,” local resident Robertstine Lambert told Fox54 in Augusta. “Why throw it away when you could be issuing it out?”
This is indeed a crime, both because of the incredible waste and the lack of intelligence used in solving the situation. Who cares if they administer the food to the people? There shouldn’t be any legal repercussions behind people willing to take the food as-is. What a travesty! Can you believe some people followed the dump trucks to the landfill and were still turned away? We have to demand answers on this one.
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