Millions Face End Of Unemployment Benefits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The line at the Friday “Fresh for All” gets longer every week. The Philabundance program hands out fresh produce to families in need. And the need is growing.

“It’s absolutely wonderful,” said Jean Von Bergen. “It’s a Godsend.”

Von Bergen has been unemployed for a year now. The mother of three said she has looked everywhere for work.

“I’ve been looking online, just going everywhere, trying to see if anybody has anything,” she said, “but right now it’s very hard.”

Von Bergen is one of ten million people in the country who are collecting unemployment benefits.

“I don’t know if I could’ve survived without them because of not being able to find a job right now in this economy.”

But the benefits are scheduled to run out for two million people at the end of the month, if Congress does not pass an extension.

“The economy’s bad so we just need to help each other out with what we’re going through,” said Jesse Haley, an out-of-work Desert Storm Veteran.

Philabundance said donations are down about 40 percent coming into the holiday season, but the need for donations is up more than 60 percent since two years ago.

“I already cashed out my 401K,” said Denise Quizni, an out of work benefits analyst, “so, I mean, I have nothing else.”

Quizni estimates she has put out eighty-five resumes since she lost her job a year and a half ago.

“Out of the eighty-five, I might’ve had about five interviews,” Quizni said, “and competing against 600, 800 people ,it’s really hard. It’s really frustrating.”

Like millions of others, Quizni now faces a question she is afraid to answer: will her job hunting struggles outlast her unemployment benefits?

For more information on Philabundance program, visit:

Reported by: Oren Lierbermann, CBS 3

  • Nostromo

    America’s embrace of foreign products has brought people to this.
    Hungry? Out of work?
    Eat your foreign car.

    As the saying goes.

  • zmom

    ZZBAR – I commend you for doing whatever it took. I too have cleaned houses, filed papers and did whatever I could find to keep things going as best I could, while taking care of my medically fragile son, and then I had my own medical emergency and lost all those odd jobs. There are some people willing to work and work hard, but they are hard to find too ! My fondest memory is when the men out of jobs in the neighborhood went out and shoveled snow – it showed they really cared about their families !

  • anders norsman

    Now that blow hard corbett haas been elected. He will put out his list of all the jobs he knows about.


    Heads up. Landscape companies will be hiring for leaf clean-up and snow removal. Might be off the books and no benefits, but can possibly carry you over until something breaks. I went this route after losing my job after 9/11 attacks. I was not able to understand my working partners (i don’t know any Spanish), but I was not there to hold pep-talks or gossip. Don’t say US citizens don’t want to do this work, I did. Don’t be afraid to change careers. Now I have a good job in communications. Keep thinking positive.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Taz Goes Big!
Download Now!

Listen Live