The ripple effect of cutting long-term federal unemployment benefits (video)

North Carolina’s decision to cutoff  federal extended long-term unemployment benefits for 70,000 North Carolinians earlier this month has area-food banks nervous about the ripple effect in the coming weeks.

Jill Bullard, executive director of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, says their organization provides food during the summer for some of the 116,000 children, who  are eligible for free and reduced lunches during the school year. Bullard says workers who have just learned their unemployment benefits have dried up (or been reduced under HB 4) will certainly increase the demand on their nonprofit at a time when the need is already tremendous.

Bullard appeared last weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to discuss alleviating hunger, and the growing number of long-term unemployed North Carolinians.

To hear an excerpt from her radio interview, click below or visit the Radio Interview section of the NC Policy Watch website to hear the full interview or download a podcast.


  1. Doug

    July 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    It is a shame that churches are taking all that time on Money Mondays to try to keep the government teat available rather than working within their church to help with things like food banks. These so called “religious leaders” have unfortunately been corrupted by too much easy government money coming their way. They must be uneasy because they are not used to actaually having to work to perform the mission as a church…I guess protestin’ and yellin’ is easier than building missions.

  2. david esmay

    July 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Nobody sucks the government teat harder than corporations and the 1%ers. Right-wing nuts have been corrupted by bad ideas and failed ideology. The fundamental reason for the U.S economic decline can be directly attributed to the “free trade charade” sold to us by the 1% right-wing grifters and corporations.

    Instead of leveling the economic playing field, congress and Rubepublican legislatures across the country are hell bent on social engineering by the right, attacking and prolonging the misery of the needy.

    When you combine narcissism with sociopaths, you get the NCGOTP.

  3. RJ

    July 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Doug: Is the bishop of the NC diocese of the Episcopal church, no doubt a “religious leader”, on “the government teat” as you put it? Has he been corrupted by government money? Are his expressions of protest against the GA’s agenda a plea for government money? Are you saying that he is “not used to actaually [sic] having to work to perform the mission as a church”?

    Of course, the answer to each of these questions is no. So, who is this “religious leader”/strawman of whom you speak? I know, it’s Rev Barber! And because he has become the face of MM, you get to trot out your stereotypes about another group of folks and associate it with “religious leaders”.

    I am not calling you a racist. I’m just pointing out that you need to go easier on the dog whistles.

  4. Doug

    July 9, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Actaully the answer is yes, these churches are benefitting from government largesse and pawning off what should be their own churches duties. I am not sure where you got your answer of no from as the point is clear.

    And yes…as we know Barber bellies up to the government buffet to the tune of millions. So your point?

  5. RJ

    July 9, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Doug: My point is that Bishop Curry is neither the recipient of government largesse nor shirking his duties, and that your use of Rev Barber as representative of the entire clergy supporting MM is a dog whistle that I, for one, can hear loud and clear.

    What have you got against the Episcopal church?

  6. Doug

    July 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    So Barber does not purport to represent the clergy? I would say that all the clergy/ leadership that I have noted attending have lined up right behind the guy….you may not be able to see them as he eclipses them…but they are there supporting his “movement”. And most of them have in some way received the benefits of government doing their job in one form or another. I have no beef with any in particular (other than the denomination I attend) but all as one.

    IF your church has never received a dime of government assistance, then they have received benefits in kind. The government takes on the responsibility of the poor….hey our church can build a huge new sanctuary instead of helping them out. These people in our community are unemployed…..we don’t have to help them the government will do that while we plan that next trip to wherever. It is not all about the cash…until the government stops doling out the cash….hey we gotta protest now.

    As has been said give unto Caeser (you like that ron ron? This computer has spell checker!) what is his.

    I am also baffled by this question….When did the libs suddenly accept religion as acceptable to mix with politics? All I use to hear was “church and state” over the years. Now you guys are all over it like flies on stink. You would think progressives go to actual church…..truly baffling.

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