As the Covid-19 pandemic swept the United States, Keith managed to keep his job in financial services, but his income dried up as commissions grew scarce.
Suddenly struggling financially, Keith began relying on meals handed out by a charity in Bethesda, a suburb of Washington known for the wealth of which the 52-year-old now finds himself bereft.
“We try to save what we can,” Keith, well-dressed in a red-striped polo shirt, told AFP on condition of anonymity. “I don’t want to take more resources than I need. If I don’t have to come every week I won’t.”
Eight million more people have been driven into poverty as the United States struggles with the world’s biggest coronavirus outbreak — triggering tens of millions of layoffs and a sharp contraction in growth.