Coronavirus unemployment gives an ultimatum to an unemployed father with many children: Food for children or insulin
Amid massive job cuts and unemployment, people are faced with terrible situations in which they have to choose between food for children and life-saving medicine.
According to CBS News, one of four former Boeing employees, Chris Jump is in an extremely poor position. Having 4 children, he runs out of insurance, but still has no work.
"It's pretty bleak right now … It's a scary time to be without insurance," said Chris Jump, who was laid off as an aircraft mechanic. "If we hadn't got the stimulus check, I don't think we would have paid rent this month.»
In addition to health problems, Jump can also lose a home.
"I'll have to find two jobs to make the money that I was making in order to keep my house," he told CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave after being laid off. "If it comes down to buying food for my kids or buying insulin for myself, I'm picking food for my kids.»
Another former employee with a family of six, Carol Edwards, also had to choose between housing and food. She had about 400 dollars left before the application for unemployment insurance was accepted.
"I have like $400 left," Edwards said. "My grandkids don't understand ... why I cry … why we're struggling and why there's very little food in the house."
"Rent is due again next Friday and Edwards is worried she could lose everything."
As reported by CBS News, the Governor of Kansas intervened in the Edwards family and said that the issue had been resolved and the benefit would be paid by Saturday.