Long lines form at food banks across country ahead of Thanksgiving

Video obtained by CNN on Tuesday from the Meadowlands entertainment complex in New Jersey showed residents waiting for several hours to obtain prepackaged boxes of meals for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“If it wasn’t for this place, we wouldn’t know where we would get our food,” one distraught woman told CNN of the food bank in East Rutherford, N.J.

A report from the Rhode Island Community Food Bank indicated that as many as 1 in 4 households in the state was facing food insecurity, while food banks in the state faced an increase in demand of roughly 26 percent.

“I don’t think we’re going to get through this unless Congress approves another COVID-19 relief bill,” the food bank’s executive director told The Providence Journal.