CHICAGO (CBS)– Cars lined up as far as the eye can see as the city of Aurora hosted a pop-up food giveaway on Thursday.
Some people said they got in line as early as 4 a.m. for an event that began at 9 a.m. The reason one man gave for waiting in the long line was as simple as it was heartbreaking.READ MORE: "We Don't Want To Look Like A Segregated Chicago': Black Chamber Of Commerce Looks Into North Side Opportunities
“I don’t have food right now, and I want to get some food to eat,” he said.
City officials said the goal was to feed 800 families. As of 10 a.m., 640 food packages had been distributed.READ MORE: CPD Prepares For Possible Protests; Inspect General's Report From 2020 Unrest Says CPD Was 'Unprepared'
Teams put groceries in people’s trunks to maintain social distancing.
Since the pandemic began, demand at area food pantries has doubled, even tripled in some cases.MORE NEWS: Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey Returns From Administrative Leave, Faces No Internal Discipline For Jacob Blake Shooting
The Northern Illinois Food Bank and other groups donated today’s food.