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Newport News shipyard union holds food distribution to help workers who lost jobs

Newport News shipyard union holds food distribution to help workers who lost jobs

Donald Huffman recently lost his job at Newport News Shipbuilding, but on Wednesday he looked like a grocery shopper with money to spend.

As he prepared to leave the union hall at United Steelworkers Local 8888, his enthusiasm was evident.

"Carrots, frozen meat, there's some — let's see what this is — hot dogs and hamburger maybe? There's some fruit and potatoes. And I can smell the onions," he said.

Huffman, a deck electrician, was among dozens of laid-off workers who drove to the union hall on Huntington Avenue for a food distribution coordinated by the steelworkers and the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank. Nearly 740 shipyard workers lost their...

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