Dys: What kind of country lets senior citizens go hungry?

Andrew Dys
Rock Hill Herald Online

 — They made America, built America, and changed America. Yet they stood in line in Rock Hill to get a handout.

All were at least 65 years old, and many were far older. They were retired textile workers, school cafeteria workers, domestics. Construction workers and factory production assembly line workers. Their legs bowed from work. They were ladies and men, senior citizens, black and white – in line to get fresh produce donated by Food Lion through Second Harvest Food Bank.

The bags were filled with cabbages and corn, cucumbers, lettuce and squash.
This was not 1934 during the Great Depression. It was Thursday, in 2014, in America, one of the world’s richest nations. And still, the older people who made America so great, so powerful, who worked in mills so their kids could go to school to get jobs pressing computer keys and drive sporty cars had to hold out bags for enough to eat.

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