In 1 of America's wealthiest counties, line for food donation event stretches to highway an hour before opening

by Adam Ford · May 16th, 2020 12:44 pm

Hundreds of cars in Montgomery County, Maryland formed a huge line Friday which stretched into a traffic jam reaching all the way to the highway an hour before a free food donation event was set to open.

Montgomery County is the 17th wealthiest county in the U.S. with a median household income of $99,763.

NBC 4 reporter Scott MacFarlane captured video from the Catholic Charities DC food donation event an hour before it opened:

Pictures and video from the scene once the event opened show a shocking number of people and families lined up to receive free food assistance as the economic toll from coronavirus lockdowns begins to bite:

Each vehicle received a box containing:

  • 3 pounds of chicken
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 pound of fish
  • 1 pound of sausage
  • 5 pounds of potatoes
  • 1 pound of carrots
  • 3 pounds of cabbage
  • 5 pounds of apples
  • 5 pounds of oranges

The charity distributed 500 boxes in less that two hours. As there were still cars lined up after the food was gone, they gave out $50 grocery store gift cards afterward.

"What we're seeing consistently is that there's a growing and substantial need for food assistance in the Washington metro area," said Catholic Charities DC spokeswoman Kate Kennedy.


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