IN PICTURES: Thousands line up at Long Beach Convention Center for free food giveaway

In a sign of the times, thousands of families waited in long lines Saturday morning near Shoreline Village in Downtown Long Beach were approximately 2,000 meals were distributed to local families.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, the Long Beach Unified School District and city volunteers packed the food boxes into the trunks of cars outside the Long Beach Convention Center.

More food and toy distributions are planned in the coming days. For a list of those, click here.

Volunteers distribute food during a drive-up food giveaway, at the Long Beach Convention Center Saturday morning. The event was hosted by the city of Long Beach in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and LBUSD. Saturday, December 19, 2020. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Long Beach resident and volunteer Oliver Thompson helps distribute food. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Volunteers distribute food during a drive-up food giveaway for thousands of households. Photo by Stephen Carr

Volunteer and Executive Director of Leadership Long Beach Jill Unze helps distribute food. Photo by Stephen Carr.

A long line of cars waited for their turn. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Rows of volunteers distribute food. Photo by Stephen Carr.

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