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He donated to his local food bank for years. Now, he's among the thousands who rely on it to feed his family

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

One Texas man used to donate his time and money to his local food bank. Now, he's among the thousands of people relying on it during the coronavirus pandemic.

(CNN)One Texas man used to donate his time and money to his local food bank.

Neil Wilson, a retired veteran who served in the air force for ten years, was working as a retention specialist at a cable company in Tyler, Texas, when he was suddenly laid off due to budget cuts in early March.

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.

Wilson said he remembers feeling "uncomfortable" about going to the food bank -- for food -- for the first time.

"We were always the ones donating so we're just not used to having to sit back and take it," he said.

Wilson is among more than 54 million people in the country who are facing food insecurity due to the pandemic.

"I don't know why this happened to me," he said.

"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," he said, ". . .

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