Transcript for Chicago's Wrigley Field turned into food pantry
they don't want to wait until may, or June. Tom, thank you. We stay focused on the Americans that need jobs. And questions about the food supply. The president ordering meat plants to stay open. What about the thousands of workers who are infected? Here's Alex Perez in Chicago. Reporter: Tonight, the desperation for food etched on their faces. My name is Samantha Diaz. To bring food to my family is really important. My name is Ana and I'm here because I'm out of work. My name is I'm Tonia Taylor. My family is sort of in a bind. Reporter: Taylor is out of a job. She's usually working a concession stand at Chicago's Wrigley field. Today she's one of 800 people picking up boxes of food at the ballpark, since the covid outbreak demand at this makeshift pantry is up 300%. We used to think it wouldn't happen to us, but now we know. We got this rude awakening. Reporter: A rude awakening for 26.4 million newly unemployed. In Newark, New Jersey, 2,000 boxes of food were gone in hours. Go, go. Reporter: In California, car lines stretch for miles. Tonight, the food supply itself under threat. At least 21 plants closed, more than 4,000 workers sick. Millions of pounds of meat will likely go to waste. The president will sign an executive order under the defense production act to compel plants to stay open. There's plenty of supply, as it's distribution, and we will probably have that today solved. Alex, outside Wrigley field tonight. Now a food bank. The president with the executive order to compel plants to stay open. What steps are being taken to protect the workers, thousands whom are sick with the virus? Reporter: The white house says the meat packing plants are essential. The executive order protects the companies from legal liability should a worker get sick or die. The workers' safety, it seems, has been left up to the plants. David? Alex, thank you. We reported last night on
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