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Hundreds of cars line up for miles to get help from food bank

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It is sign of the times: Stay at home – unless free food is available. Then, it’s anything goes.

Such was the incredible scene – lines of cars for miles – as hundreds tried to get help from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Monday, as WPXI-TV reports.

The TV station had its Channel 11 Chopper in the air to show the incredible line of traffic, as drivers seeking the free 50 pounds of food could only access the drive-thru distribution center from a single entry route near Duquesne, Pa.

The station’s traffic reporter said the swarm of drivers seeking free food disrupted traffic patterns throughout the area for hours.

Here is a ground level view of the line of motorists waiting for the free food, as tweeted by one of the station’s reporters:

Perhaps one reason the clamor for free food was so intense is the food bank as asked people discontinue traditional food drives until further notice due to the coronavirus.

WPXI reports food bank officials are looking to cut down on the number of people coming into the facility due to the pandemic. This, as food bank employees focus on packing food boxes and sorting bulk produce.

So until further notice, the food bank is asking people to give money to the organization, instead of gathering up and bringing in actual food.

Thus, the coronavirus has changed even the act of giving – and receiving – life-sustaining food amid unprecedented economic disruption and uncertainly for millions of Americans that has become one of the biggest side-effects of the epidemic.

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