thousands of cars line up at the food bank

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. – Thousands of people lined up to buy groceries at a food bank distribution event in Dallas, Texas this weekend, and organizers said the Covid-19 pandemic has increased the need in the city.

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) distributed more than 270 tons of food to about 25,000 people on Saturday, according to spokeswoman Anna Kuruan. 7,280 turkeys were given to families, Kuruan told CNN.

Photos provided by NTFB show thousands of cars lined up for the Food Bank’s Drive-Thru mobile pantry in Fair Park. Kuruan said the need for food “has certainly increased” with the pandemic. Last week, Texas became the first US state to report 1 million coronavirus cases.

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The North Texas Food Bank distributed more than 270 tons of food on Saturday.

“Forty percent of the people who enter our partners’ doors do so for the first time,” he said.

“I see blessings come to us because we are all in trouble. And I appreciate North Texas helping us, ”Dallas resident Samantha Woods told CNN affiliate KTVT as she waited in her vehicle.

“It really is amazing and I thank God I was able to line up this morning.”

In another car, a woman told the station that she had been in trouble: “I haven’t been working since December. I can’t find a job, they cut my unemployment benefit; its a big problem. Its a big problem”.

NTFB President Trisha Cunningham said she is proud of her team and the community “for providing some hope and care during these extraordinary times.”

“It was a moving scene to see so many in need,” he told CNN.

NTFB has several mobile pantry events scheduled throughout the week.