Thousands of Texas families hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic waited up to 12 hours to put food on the table this holiday season — as the state grapples with a surge in infections.
The normally quiet grounds of Fair Park in Dallas was home to the North Texas Food Bank’s largest giveaway of food since coronavirus spread through the state, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Saturday’s Thanksgiving-themed event handed out food to about 8,500 families facing financial stress from the growing crisis — 17 times more people than the annual event usually serves.
Photos from the event showed traffic backed up for miles as people waited for hours in their cars for a package containing a frozen turkey, 20 pounds of canned goods and 15 pounds of fruits and vegetables along with bags of bread.
Armando Castillo camped out overnight to get first dibs and waited more than 10 hours.
“We’re really appreciative of food drives because if