Economic fallout from pandemic prompts huge lines at food bank

Tens of thousands have waited in food bank lines for hours and Feeding America predicts hunger will be up by nearly 35 million people since before the pandemic.
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hope, gio, thank you so much. As covid cases rise, the economic fallout also grows. Hundreds of thousands applying for unemployment this week. Food banks across the country on edge as they work to feed the hungry. ABC's elwyn Lopez is at one of those food banks in Atlanta with the very latest. Elwyn, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, janai. Trucks like this one unloading food and supplies, and they're starting to hand out boxes of food. They say this year they're expecting a record number of people. Desperation growing this morning as long lines wrap around food banks and sharyatable drive-throughs. Happy Thanksgiving. Reporter: Ten thousands waiting in line for hours. Have you lost your job or your health? My job. Reporter: 74-year-old Keith Chesterman is one of millions of Americans without enough food to eat ahead of the holidays. Without this we wouldn't have a Thanksgiving. Reporter: Feeding America projects more than 50 million Americans will have faced hunger in 2020. Upm around 35 million before the pandemic. Happy Thanksgiving. Reporter: And no end in this week more Americans out of a job. 778,000 filing for unemployment as federal relief is set to dry up. On the eve of Thanksgiving holiday our businesses have to lay off hundreds if not collectively thousands of employees. Reporter: In Los Angeles county where more than 4,300 positive cases were reported overnight, a new restriction on outdoor dining limiting all restaurants to take-out only forcing some business owners to make tough calls. We have to look at our rosterand to say, okay, who are we going to call to tell them they don't have a job right now? And this is now the third time we've had to do that. Reporter: Brittany owns a Mexican restaurant in California. Without government help she worries it won't survive. I get it. This is what we need to do but to ask business and even individuals to stay home and to lock down and to not go to work without providing any real tangible aid is irresponsible and it's bad business. It's poor leadership. Reporter: And tens of millions struggling to stay afloat. Organizers tell me they're expecting a line of cars through this drive-through, the nonprofit saying the need for assistance is up 300% while donations are significantly down, Eva. So many familiesn need this morning. Elwyn Lopez for us, thank you.

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