1,000 Northern California families given Thanksgiving groceries

WORKING TO MAKE THIS HOLIDAY EASIER. >> YOU ARE LOOKING AT HUNDREDS OF CARS, EACH REPRESENTS AT LEAST ONE FAMILY. PEOPLE FROM ACROSS SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY LINED UP AS EARLY AS 3 AM TO GET A CAR FULL OF THANKSGIVING GROCERIES. >> TERRY JOHNSON WHO JUST RETIRED WAS ONE OF THE FIRST IN LINE. >> THINGS ARE CHANGING. >> YOU’RE ONE OF THE TWO FIRST CARS IN LINE? >> I SHOWED UP AT THREE: 40 FIVE AM. WITH THE INFLATION RATE IT SEEMS EVERYTHING IS RISING UP AND IT GETS HARDER AND HARDER FOR PEOPLE TO GET THINGS. >> INFLATION TIGHTENING ITS GRIP ON AN ALREADY DIFFICULT YEAR FOR MANY. LIKE THIS WOMAN WHO RECENTLY LOST HER SON. >> THE HOLIDAYS HAVE NOT BEEN THE SAME FOR ME. I JUST TRY TO KEEP PUSHING. >> EVENTS LIKE TODAY AT OASIS CHURCH HELP. THIS YEAR COMPARED TO LAST, THANKSGIVING DINNER WILL BE 20% P AMOUNT OF FOOD. THAT IS ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION. THINGS LIKE DIAPERS, WHICH ARE THE NUMBER ONE REQUESTED ITEM BESIDES FOOD HAS SEEN A 20% HIKE IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS. WHICH IS CRUSHING FOR MANY. >> I SPEND ABOUT 200 TO 300 DOLLARS A WEEK ON GROCERIES. FOR A FAMILY OF THREE. >> IT IS NOT A HANDOUT. IT IS A HAND UP. WE ARE HERE TO HELP THEM. VISIT DIFFICULT SEASON FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. WE WANT THEM TO KNOW THIS IS TANGIBLE LOVE. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU OUT. >> 1000 HOUSEHOLDS STARTING THEIR HOLIDAY SEASON A LITTLE BRIGHTER. IN STOCKTON, KCRA THREE NEWS. >> ONE THOUSAND HOUSEHOLDS. THAT IS INCREDIBLE. HERE IS SOME MORE CONTACT. GROCERY PRICES THIS OCTOBER WERE

1,000 Stockton families given Thanksgiving groceries as inflation tightens during holiday season

‘Times are changing and it’s getting pretty difficult to make ends meet’

Updated: 11:30 AM PST Nov 20, 2022

As Thanksgiving approaches, inflation is hiking food prices across the country – to help, a Northern California church gave away groceries for 1,000 local families. Hundreds of cars lined the Oasis Church parking lot Saturday morning, many of which arrived before sunrise. Each car represented at least one family, all in line to receive a car full of Thanksgiving groceries.”This isn’t a handout this is a hand up, we’re here to help them,” said Heather Green, with Oasis Church. Many families told KCRA 3 that recent price hikes at stores have been financially crushing.”Times are changing and it’s getting pretty difficult to make ends meet,” said Terry Johnson. Johnson, who just retired, was the first car in line; he arrived before 4 amIn the car next to Johnson, Bryan Rose sat awaiting groceries, his second year in a row.”With inflation rates and the economy going up and everything it just seems like everything, it’s harder and harder for people to get things ,” Rose said.This year compared to last, Thanksgiving dinner for a family of 10 will be 20% more expensive for the same amount of food, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.Items like diapers, which are the number one requested item besides food right now, are seeing a price hike of over 20% in the last five years.”We’re spending about $200 to $300 a week in groceries, for a family of three,” said Reaksmey Cheth as she picked up groceries for her family, a car seat sitting behind her.Oasis Church explained since the pandemic took hold, they have contributed 3 million pounds of food to the Stockton community.Video Below: Thanksgiving holiday travel to be one of the busiest in almost two decades, California Highway Patrol says lea ve early

As Thanksgiving approaches, inflation is hiking food prices across the country – to help, a Northern California church gave away groceries for 1,000 local families.

Hundreds of cars lined the Oasis Church parking lot Saturday morning, many of which arrived before sunrise. Each car represented at least one family, all in line to receive a car full of Thanksgiving groceries.

“This isn’t a handout this is a hand up, we’re here to help them,” said Heather Green, with Oasis Church.

Many families told KCRA 3 that recent price hikes at stores have been financially crushing.

“Times are changing and it’s getting pretty difficult to make ends meet,” said Terry Johnson.

Johnson, who just retired, was the first car in line; he arrived before 4 am

In the car next to Johnson, Bryan Rose sat awaiting groceries, his second year in a row.

“With inflation rates and the economy going up and everything it just seems like everything, it’s harder and harder for people to get things,” Rose said.

This year compared to last, Thanksgiving dinner for a family of 10 will be 20% more expensive for the same amount of food, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Items like diapers, which are the number one requested item besides food right now, are seeing a price hike of over 20% in the last five years.

“We’re spending about $200 to $300 a week in groceries, for a family of three,” said Reaksmey Cheth as she picked up groceries for her family, a car seat sitting behind her.

Oasis Church explained since the pandemic took hold, they have contributed 3 million pounds of food to the Stockton community.

Video Below: Thanksgiving holiday travel to be one of the busiest in almost two decades, California Highway Patrol says leave early

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