Updated:COBB COUNTY, Ga. —
Hundreds of people lined up Tuesday to get assistance to feed their families this Thanksgiving.
Channel 2’s Linda Stouffer went to the Cobb Civic Center where crowds were registering for baskets filled with Thanksgiving food. The Center for Family Resources, which is behind the initiative, said they serve Cobb County families with children who are increasingly going without enough to eat.
“A lot of these kids are on free and reduced lunch, and if we can help them have other food in the house that week, we feel that's pretty important,” said CFR’s Jerry Barr.
To qualify, applicants have to be families with children, meet a designated low-income threshold and live in Cobb County. Volunteers hope to help more than 1,400 families. They said requests for holiday help have ballooned in recent years.
“They want to make sure that those kids have a nice dinner like any other kid,” grandmother Linda Okoro told Stouffer.
After signing up, the families will return to the center to pick up the baskets in November, and they will receive another gift box closer to Christmas.