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Hundreds swarm food bank for free Thanksgiving meal

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Hundreds of people on Monday began lining up before sunrise to receive a free Thanksgiving meal at a Fort Worth food pantry.

In fact, one woman showed up to the Community Food Bank at 3 a.m. to find a line had already begun to form.

"A lot of us that's needy and the people that's out of jobs, and out of work, and it's kind of hard for anybody to get food," Pamela Reed said. "No food stamps. You can't qualify. But you have to keep going. Don't give up."

Organizers said they had been receiving calls all month from people asking about the meals, including inquiries from other charitable organizations.

"Other food pantries are calling asking … can their volunteer staff get turkeys," said the bank's executive director, Regina Taylor. "That tells you it's a hard time."

Taylor said those seeking meals include the homeless and others who are struggling, including people taking care of extended family.

The organization said it will likely run out of the 700 holiday meals it has to distribute and will rely on donations from stores to help feed more families.

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