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Cars in line hours early at Boynton Beach food distribution

Posted at 6:13 AM, Feb 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-03 11:06:13-05

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Feeding South Florida is hosting a food drive in Boynton Beach on Thursday morning where organizers are feeding hundreds of people.

They first started the food drive at the beginning of the pandemic. But President and CEO Paco Velez said they are seeing people's needs increase in 2022 with inflation impacting the price of food.

"We are hearing from our families that it's getting harder and harder," Velez said. "And not only their dollars, but their benefits are not stretching as far as they use to."

Velez said the price for staple foods like fruit, vegetables, eggs and meat is up. In some instances, he said the items are double what they were two years ago.

The food drive started at 7:30 a.m. at the Ezell Hester Community Center.

Food is only available while supplies last, so some people say they were lined up at 5:30 p.m. the day before.