PORTLAND -- You could call it a sign of the times. Hundreds of families turned up Thursday for food boxes that were being handed out by volunteers with Salvation Aarmy and Feed the Children.

Dozens of local families from all walks of life waited in line for free food boxes in Northeast Portland. One sign of the times - some of last year's volunteers were standing in line for help this year.

Each person got a 25-pound box of food and 10-pound box of personal care items.

For some families, the boxes help fill the gap in their grocery budget for a week. Laura Lee Balash said she s on disability and her husband is out of work.

I know a lot of other people in similar situations, it s been a tough time for our whole country so I'm just grateful there are people willing to help, Balash said.

The Salvation Army and Feed the Children helped a total of 1200 families in need Thursday.

The Salvation army said they give out 42,000 pounds of food a month and that's still not enough to help all the families in need.

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