DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Three truckloads of milk, juices, and sausages that were supposed to go to schools were handed out at a mobile food pantry hosted by the wiregrass area food bank.
“I think that we had about 2,000 cars that came through that we were actually able to serve today. That's a blessing. That's a huge blessing. We knew that that milk and food was needed,” says Wiregrass Area Food Bank assistant director Julie Gonzalez.
The food bank says turnout was larger than they ever anticipated.
“We see that there is a need in the community. That means we're going to amp up our efforts and try to do more giveaways in the future,” says Gonzalez.
The unexpected health pandemic is why many showed up.
“This is coronavirus going around. You can’t run out and go to the grocery store and buy food when the food is not on the shelf to buy the stores are closing. It's not there,” says Mary McKee.
The length of the line to get into the mobile pantry made it clear that the food shortage is a problem, but people in this say the coronavirus is causing issues far beyond empty grocery store shelves.
Martha Deaton, a housekeeper with elderly clients, has been hit hard financially because of coronavirus safety concerns.
“With cleaning and them being elderly it's not a good idea to just keep going in and out of their houses so some of my business has slacked off,” says Deaton.
No matter the reason for being the line, those in the wiregrass say the community always steps up when there is a need.
“When people are down and out we know how to pull together. We know how to make things happen,” says food pantry volunteer Lawana Grant.
Gonzalez says there is no food shortage in its pantry.
If you need food you should contact your closest food pantry for assistance.