Transcript for Many waiting for hours in food lines ahead of Thanksgiving
And with Thanksgiving just two days away, we continue to report on the millions of Americans in need. Loinor food across this nation. Hundreds of cars waiting this morning. These images from New Mexico and we've seen them everywhere. Many of those reaching out for help, doing so for first time and ABC's chief national correspondent Matt Gutman reporting in tonight. Reporter: Tonight, a nation's need on display in those hours-long lines for Thanksgiving meals in cities across the country. Happy Thanksgiving. Reporter: The pandemic triggering a hunger crisis. 26 million Americans saying their families don't have enough to eat, more than doubling in just months. And as many as 11 million children are going hungry. What would you do if you didn't have this help for Thanksgiving? If I didn't have no help, I don't know how I'm going to eat for Thanksgiving. Reporter: In Los Angeles, the grace of god church handing out 2,000 meals. We're seeing people come through in Mercedes Benz and Lexus and range rovers who never thought they would be in a position where they'd be in need. But you know, the thing a need is, it has no address. Reporter: Feeding America seeing that trend nationwide, of people needing charitable food for the first time. We're especially concerned about the holidays and the winter ahead. About 40% of the people who are turning to us for help have never before relied upon the charitable food system. Reporter: Hundreds lining up in palm beach, Florida. Our landlord kicked us out and having this definitely helps with my 2 1/2-year-old son. Reporter: In Phoenix, one food bank saying it's given out the most in its 534-year history. Single mom Andrea Thomas forced to make tough decisions. I pay for medication for both me and my daughter every month, and stuff like that. So, really had to juggle and find out what's a priority and what can wait. Reporter: And help comes from across the country. The group east/west food rescue delivering 18 million meals in 19 states since the pandemic began. We're going to be delivering boxes to displaced groups folks that are definitely waiting for this food. A lot of people trying to get help to those in need. Matt, you know we reported last night here on so many of these organizations, from feeding America to east/west food rescueto farm link and I know you've learned tonight that viewers already responding? Reporter: It's an incredible response, David. Just since last night, every organization you just mentioned said that traffic on their websites have spiked and give essential reporting tens of thousands of dollars in donations. East/west food, get this, David, said Donat have quadrupled since last night. But it is worth noting that across the country, charitable organizations like these have seen the need for supplies double. David? And that long line shows the need continue Matt, thank you for reporting in tonight and thanks to everybody at home.
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