Georgia Supermarket Closes and Sun Trust Bank Throws Away Food in Front of Needy Families

Residents near Lanway Grocery Store in Augusta, Georgia, patiently await food distribution when the store's owner was evicted.
Residents near Laney Walker Supermarket in Augusta, Georgia, anxiously await food distribution when the store’s owner was evicted on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

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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-J.C. Brooks

7 thoughts on “Georgia Supermarket Closes and Sun Trust Bank Throws Away Food in Front of Needy Families”

  1. Sun Trust sucks. If the church did not come to pick it up. If should have been distributed to the people that where there.

  2. Our president is not the president of the United states of America, he is watching all those families starve, he is a president of a corporation now, who is a puppet now for the NEW WORLD ORDER, this is suppose to be the Richest country in the world and we would allow these banks to throw-away food right in front of our faces, knowing these families need that food.That is a shame. and they talk about they want obama in the white house. WHAT A BUNCH OF BULL, this is happening in the poorest neighborhoods, they are putting us back into times where poor neighborhoods will be controlled by banks. and corporations. can you Imagine throwing away food that can be eaten by our young children, we are under a new dictatorship. and we don’t even know it, but it is happening right in front of our faces.please stay prayerful please pay attention to what is going on. with our country because we have been sold out. and some of us don’t know it. But we are under attack, and they are going to attack our food supply and our water supply, and whole way of life and living they will attack our bank accounts. everything that we need to survive. but WE have A wonderful GOD/ lord/savior that is going to come back and take care of all of us,, so be watchful of him/or her. who-ever you praise. Please keep your eyes open and your ears.

  3. First I am sorry that these people are hungry BUT I do not blame Sun trust for this and I have to agree with the way that it was handled. The owner of the store called a church to donate the food to and they had a deadline to come get it.. why did they not come? Sun trust only owns the structure and the land so to them the contents are trash and was handled as such (probably by a 3 party contractor) just as it would had it been a residential house. We as a society have created this problem ourselves by suing corporations for things that we ourselves are to blame for.. if Sun trust would have given that food away and one person had gotten sick you can bet that they would have filed a lawsuit against Sun trust faster than you can blink, it has happened before. I say if you want to point fingers then what about at the store owner that could have opened the doors to just give away the food to the locals or donate it to the food bank or what about the church that had this donation and didn’t bother to come get it?

  4. @Tracey, I forgot all about that. You are correct. This is the same reason fast food establishments like McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC will throw food out (that employees don’t take home) instead of giving it to the homeless; because of that very reason. Ok, Sun Trust, I take my Sun Trust sucks comment back.

  5. The only reason? Because black folks were there and maybe a few white folk. If this had been in a different neighborhood, the food would’ve been secretly distributed or handed out.

  6. The problem is, there are legal repercussions. They must fear the ever-present stupid lawsuit. Seriously, do you think they would do it just to be mean? No, we brought this one on ourselves. SunTrust does still suck, though, but not for this reason.

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