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.

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“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.

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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.

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The Northern Illinois Food Bank and other groups donated today’s food.