A food distribution event in North Long Beach Saturday morning drew a line of cars that stretched longer than 2 miles.
People came as early as 4 a.m. for one of 3,000 boxes of food distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The effort was organized by North Long Beach Councilman Rex Richardson, state Sen. Lena Gonzalez, labor organizations and the Los Angeles Food Bank.
Over 100 volunteers at 24 stations came to distribute the produce, frozen meats and other items at Jordan High School.
“There has been every family you can imagine here,” Gonzalez said, noting the high unemployment rates in North and West Long Beach.
“Many of them have two or three households living in one home,” she said, “we’re seeing a lot of that, so we give them to or three boxes.”
The country’s unemployment rate soared to 14.7% last month—the highest level on record.
Richardson later tweeted that volunteers had distributed 2,620 packages, which would have fed an estimated 10,480 people.
Today’s North LB #COVID19 food distribution was a success.
-2620 packages, serving 10,480 ppl
-$209000 in food distributed
— Rex Richardson (@RexRichardson) May 9, 2020
Officials with the food bank said they typically serve 300 to 500 families during food distribution events. Now its smallest distribution was 1,000 households, and its largest was 7,600 households at a recent event held at the Forum in Inglewood.
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