Glide gives holiday meals to hungry families

December 18, 2009 3:38:51 PM PST
The demand was overwhelming again this year at the annual Glide Memorial Church food giveaway.

People began lining up around 5 a.m. to receive a free bag of groceries, packed with a turkey or chicken, potatoes, bread and other items.

In all, more than 7,000 bags were handed out ? 1,000 more than last year.

Glide's Cecil Williams says hunger is a serious problem in America today.

"Hunger is critical for people to get through, and get over, so here's a bag of groceries so people can have at least one meal, two meals, three meals, of groceries we've given to them and we do it with our love," he said.

It took more five hours to hand out the food. In fact, at the end, there weren't any full bags left, so the last people in line received only a chicken.