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...