WACO, Texas — The Central Texas Food Bank brought 18-wheelers up to Waco from Austin Tuesday morning.
Those trucks, along with a few dozen volunteers, gave thousands of pounds of food to those who need it, including those whose jobs have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
"It means the world," Recipient Natasha said. "It's super helpful, I'm glad that I'll be able to give my kids some food and keep some food in the house."
People running low on money, who were laid off and those whose hours or wages have been cut because of the pandemic were among the people in line.
"I was like, 'Man, I have got to go do something,'" Recipient Carrie Douglas said. "Because I was down to the last of my food."
From 9 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, cars were funneled one-by-one through the parking lot where their cars were loaded with two boxes. Those boxes totaled 48 pounds of shelf-stable canned food and frozen goods.
People who needed help said they were beyond grateful.
"It's really getting bad," Recipient Douglas said. "At my job, my hours got cut all the way back from 30 or almost 40 to 13 or 14."
This was just the first of three similar giveaways in Central Texas, with many people across the country who need help as officials fight the spread of COVID-19.
"I just relocated down here from out of state on the 23rd of March," Natasha said. "I had a job lined up and, because of COVID, it got shut down and I just can't find a job. I can't find any help."
The information for the other two food giveaways from the Central Texas Food Banks is below.
Saturday, April 18
- Christian House of Prayer, 3300 E. Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen
- 9-11 a.m.
Thursday, April 23
- Temple American Legion, 1300 S. 25th Street in Temple
- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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