Broward residents line up to receive groceries from The Salvation Army in Fort Lauderdale

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - As millions of Americans continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of organizations are stepping up to help in anyway they can.

The Salvation Army of Broward County held a food distribution at 1445 W. Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday morning.

7News cameras captured a line of people waiting outside of the building before the distribution began, all practicing social distancing.

“Unfortunately, the line has gotten a lot longer, and the demand has increased about 50%,” said Major Stephen Long.

The distribution started at 9 a.m. and continued until 12 p.m.

“They’re getting a nice melon, they’re getting all kinds of fruit and vegetables [and] non-perishable items,” said Long.

Broward residents will be provided with non-perishable food items and other pantry goods.

The Salvation Army of Broward County expects to give away food to over 100 families during the distribution.

“I have no food, no job, no choice,” said one recipient.

Recipients who show up to the event need to show proof of Broward residency to be eligible.

Not too far away from The Salvation Army donation, the Broward Sheriff’s Office joined forces with the Pantry of Broward to deliver food to area residents.

Those in Miami-Dade County needing help also received some relief.

State and local leaders partnered with Farm Share and New York Jets linebacker James Burgess Jr. to put together a drive-thru distribution in Florida City.

“Everyone is thankful. Everyone says thank you. Everyone is excited to get food in their homes. There’s some people literally don’t have any groceries, so this is a big help for them,” said Burgess Jr.

“Somebody has to feed these people. We can’t wait for the federal government. We can’t wait for the state government. We have to do it ourselves, and this is a prime testament of what happens when you give individuals from the community an opportunity and you give them the resources to deliver it back to the people,” said one organizer.

For a full list of food distributions taking place across South Florida, click here.

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