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.