Millions of Americans line up at food banks before Thanksgiving

A food bank in Bergen County, New Jersey, has provided 670,000 meals to more than 45,000 families and said it can't meet the growing demand.
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Next, in this holiday season, millions of Americans are in desperate need. 778,000 workers have filed new unemployment claims, up for the second week in a row. More than 20 million now collecting benefits. This line of cars, take a look, at a food bank in Miami springs, Florida. It stretched down the street for miles. Food banks across the country are seeing a surge in demand and they fear they won't be able to keep up. Here's ABC's Victor Oquendo. Reporter: Tonight, millions of Americans lining up for food before Thanksgiving and the crisis is only getting worse. It's been a big help for me and my family. Reporter: This food bank in Bergen county, New Jersey, has provided 670,000 meals to more than 45,000 families and they can't keep up with demand. We were averaging around 150 cars each Tuesday, now it's over 500. We still turn people away because we run out of food. Reporter: The lines are getting longer in California. It is very stressful not knowing if you're going to have enough money for your daily needs. Reporter: 50 million Americans facing food insecurity in the middle of the pandemic, an increase of 43%. 1 in 4 children don't have enough to eat. The need for food is staggering. Just take a look from our drone. The line here at this food distribution rings stretches for miles. Feeding south Florida holding daily distributions since March when they were receiving 160 truckloads of food per week. Now that number is down to just without more funding, how can you keep this up? Without more funding it's impossible to keep this up. We're relying on our local farmers. We're relying on our local ranchers, our local distributors and manufacturers to try to bring in as much as possible. But we're trying to make do with what we got. Reporter: In Houston, more than one in five adults recently reported going hungry. Most of them in black and brown communities. Every person is important. Every person has value. And every person we ought to give them an opportunity to live. Reporter: Nearly 14 million Americans are set to lose their economic lifelines. Here at the feeding south Florida warehouse, they are working around the clock, but supplies are dwindling. Victor Oquendo from south Florida. All right, Victor, thank you.

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