Food banks see record turnout on Thanksgiving amid growing food insecurity

The coronavirus pandemic has led to soaring unemployment, and over 50 million Americans face food insecurity this year, an increase of 15 million people from 2019.
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And now to the images across the country tonight of American families in need. Estimates show more than 50 Americans could go hungry this year. Thousands of families spending hours on food lines today, many losing their jobs in the struggling economy. Their stimulus benefits set to expire within weeks. Here's ABC's elwin Lopez. Reporter: Tonight, a record number of families looking for help this giving. In Atlanta, many waiting for hours, even on Thanksgiving. Normally, these people would be lined up at the buffet line, but this year, due to covid-19, they're lining up in cars, dozens of them, waiting to get a bag of food ahead of the holidays. At this nonprofit, the need skyrocketing 300% amid the crippling pandemic. Dominick mini field telling us this is his first time in line. It's been very hard. It's been, for me and my family, it's been tough. Reporter: From coast to coast, lines like these stretch as the need continues to grow. In Houston, the super feast event serving some 20,000 families. I have nothing at home. Seriously. Nothing. Reporter: So this is a huge help? Sure is. Reporter: Feeding America projecting more than 50 million people will face food insecurity this year. 15 million more than last year. Several food banks tell us donations are down this year. With so many unemployed, people have less to give. This, as hundreds of thousands apply for unemployment. And with congress home for the holiday this week, C.A.R.E.S. Act benefits are set to run out at the end of the year. Still, volunteers around the country, like here in Atlanta, are determined to give their neighbors a happy Thanksgiving. The reward is greater, for me, than the risk. So, I'm just glad to have the opportunity to come out and to be part of something that is really needed. Reporter: Nonprofits across the nation say the surge that they are seeing will go far beyond the Thanksgiving holiday. Food trucks like this one are loaded up a ready to go to several communities in the area, not only tomorrow, but the day after that and throughout the new year. This as families on the line today told us that they are grateful not only for the meals, but also for the volunteers. Linsey? Elwyn, thank you so much.

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