Millions of families struggling to make ends meet amid ongoing pandemic

More than 8 million families have fallen into poverty since May, with federal stimulus benefits are set to expire the day after Christmas.
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Politics and the pandemic colliding tonight. The images coming in. American families in N waiting for hours at food banks across the country. All this happening with federal benefits set to expire just after Christmas and in the middle of a worsening pandemic. Marcus Moore is in Texas. Reporter: Tonight, Americans waiting for food from New Jersey to Colorado and here in Arlington, Texas. Hundreds of cars lined up before dawn. I think it's a blessing in these days and times, you know, when times are tough. Reporter: And like so many here, he's enduring those difficult days and grateful for food drives like this one. The need for food right now across the country is enormous and all you have to do is look at the line of cars here at cowboys stadium. Families waiting to get meals for Thanksgiving. Food bank organizers say these long lines won't disappear any time soon. With federal stimulus benefits set to expire the day after Christmas, one study says 12 million families will have their only safety net pulled from under them. Until the economy recovers and jobs come back, people are going to need help at this rate. In Gilbert, Arizona, Rebecca Kennedy and her two sons barely getting by. We're not sure if going the make next month's rent. Just unsure. Reporter: That uncertainty, widespread. School districts like this one in Laredo, Texas, stepping up to provide meals -- more than 2.2 million since March. But with school buildings closed, a cruel reality for so many during the pandemic. More than half of all parents skipping meals to feed their children. More than a third foregoing bills to pay for food. Shauna gray in Washington, D.C., now makes a three-hour round trip to get free lunch for her children. When restaurants closed in the spring, gray and her husband both lost their jobs. Now often skipping meals to feed their three kids. Me and dad have kind of gotten to the point of now that we only eat maybe once a day. Tom, tonight good bank operators say until the economy improves they expect heightened demand for food for the next two years. So hard to hear from that mother. Marcus, thank you.

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