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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The Second Harvest Food Bank in Valdosta will have to re-stock it's warehouse after a huge food giveaway, 4,000 cars showed up today.

The food bank gave away more 150,000 pounds of food in a drive-through giveaway.

People were in line as early as 4 o'clock this morning waiting for food to feed their families. Cars were backed up to Madison Highway in Valdosta, and by the end of the day more than 4,000 thousand families left with 75 pounds of food each.

"I am very thankful. This is the first state I've been in that they really help people," said Linda Radford.

Wendy Carter said, "It's just beautiful, it's just awe-inspiring, it makes you want to get out and hopefully next year hopefully I'll be able to be out here and volunteer."

The food giveaway is something Second Harvest in Valdosta has done for the past 20 years, but last year the food bank couldn't afford it.

"Funds were very very tight, this year we've had a lot of major corporations step up and fund this event for us. The event will cost us over $30,000 to do today and we had enough donations that exceeded that," said CEO, Frank Richards.

More than 100 volunteers helped out, including children.

"I've had plenty of nice things growing up so I just wanted to give back to our community and give them stuff that they don't really have," said one child.

After hours waiting in line, people received fresh vegetables, bread, dessert, and all of the Thanksgiving staples.

The curbside pick-up is designed to give people food from every major food group and in the end they'll even get some soda.

One woman said thanks to Second Harvest she can now contribute to her family's Thanksgiving dinner.

"I'm going to my son's but I plan on cooking and taking it over there now," said Jeanette Johnson.

The food bank will continue loading up cars until all of this food is gone.

People traveled from as far as Waycross to receive food today. Richards says next year, they hope to help even more families.

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