1,000 Northern California families received Thanksgiving groceries

                                        WORKING TO MAKE THIS VACATION EASIER.  >> YOU ARE LOOKING AT HUNDREDS OF CARS, EACH REPRESENTING AT LEAST ONE FAMILY.  PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY LINE UP AT 3 AM TO GET TO A CAR FULL OF THANKSGIVING GROCERIES.  >> TERRY JOHNSON WHO JUST RETIRED WAS ONE OF THE FIRST IN LINE.  >> THINGS ARE CHANGING.  >> ARE YOU ONE OF THE FIRST CARS ON THE LINE?  >> I SHOWED UP AT THREE: 40 FIVE.  WITH THE RATE OF INFLATION IT SEEMS THAT EVERYTHING IS INCREASING AND IT'S GETTING MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO GET THINGS OUT.  >> INFLATION TAKES A HAND ON AN ALREADY DIFFICULT YEAR FOR MANY.  LIKE THIS WOMAN WHO RECENTLY LOST HER SON.  >> THE HOLIDAYS FOR ME WERE NOT THE SAME.  I'M JUST TRYING TO KEEP PUSHING.  >> EVENTS LIKE TODAY AT OASIS CHURCH HELP.  THIS YEAR VERSUS LAST, THE THANKSGIVING DINNER WILL BE 20% P FOOD.  THIS IS ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION.  THINGS LIKE DIAPERS, WHICH ARE THE NUMBER ONE POPULAR ITEM BESIDES FOOD, HAS SEEN A 20% INCREASE OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS.  THAT IS CRUSHING FOR MANY.  >> SPENT 200 TO 300 DOLLARS A WEEK ON GROCERIES.  FOR A FAMILY OF THREE.  >> IT'S NOT A DISPENSE.  IT'S A RAISED HAND.  WE ARE HERE TO HELP THEM.  VISIT SEASON DIFFICULT FOR MANY PEOPLE.  WE WANT THEM TO KNOW THIS IS TANGIBLE LOVE.  WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU.  >> 1000 FAMILIES STARTING THE HOLIDAY SEASON A LITTLE BRIGHTER.  IN STOCKTON, KCRA THREE NEWS.  >> THOUSAND FAMILIES.  IT'S INCREDIBLE.  HERE IS ANOTHER CONTACT.  GROCERY PRICES THIS OCTOBER WERE
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1,000 Stockton families given Thanksgiving groceries as inflation tightens this holiday season

“Times are changing and it’s getting pretty tough to make ends meet”

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                As Thanksgiving approaches, inflation is driving up food prices across the country: To help, a Northern California church is giving away groceries to 1,000 local families.  Hundreds of cars lined the Oasis Church parking lot on Saturday morning, many arriving before dawn.  Each car represented at least one family, all lined up to receive a car full of groceries for Thanksgiving.  "This isn't a grant, it's a raised hand, we're here to help them," said Heather Green, with Oasis Church.  Many families told KCRA 3 that recent price hikes in stores have been financially crushing.  “Times are changing and it's getting pretty tough to make ends meet,” said Terry Johnson.  Johnson, who has just retired, was the first car in line;  he arrived before 4 in the morning.  In the car next to Johnson, Bryan Rose sat waiting for groceries, his second year in a row.  Thanksgiving dinner for a family of 10 will cost 20 percent more for the same amount of food this year than last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Items like diapers , which are the hottest item other than food right now, we're seeing price increases of more than 20% over the past five years." We spend $200 to $300 a week on groceries, for a family of three people,” Reaksmey Cheth said as she shopped for her family, a car seat sitting behind her. Oasis Church explained that since the pandemic took hold, they have contributed 3 million pounds of food to the community of Stockton Highway Patrol says Lea are early


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                <strong class="dateline">STOCKTON, Calif. —</strong>                                            As Thanksgiving approaches, inflation is driving up food prices across the country: To help, a Northern California church is giving away groceries to 1,000 local families.

Hundreds of cars lined the Oasis Church parking lot on Saturday morning, many arriving before dawn. Each car represented at least one family, all lined up to receive a car full of groceries for Thanksgiving.

“This isn’t a grant, it’s a raised hand, we’re here to help them,” said Heather Green, with Oasis Church.

Many families told KCRA 3 that recent price hikes in stores have been financially crushing.

“Times are changing and it’s getting pretty tough to make ends meet,” said Terry Johnson.

Johnson, who has just retired, was the first car in line; he arrived before 4 in the morning

In the car next to Johnson, Bryan Rose sat waiting for groceries, his second year in a row.

“With inflation rates and the economy growing and everything seeming like everything, it’s getting harder and harder for people to get things done,” Rose said.

This year compared to last, Thanksgiving dinner for a family of 10 will cost 20 percent more for the same amount of food, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Items like diapers, which are the hottest item besides food right now, are seeing price increases of more than 20% over the past five years.

“We spend about $200 to $300 a week on groceries, for a family of three,” Reaksmey Cheth said as she gathered groceries for her family, a booster seat sitting behind her.

Oasis Church explained that since the pandemic took hold, they have contributed 3 million pounds of food to the Stockton community.

Video below: Thanksgiving holiday trip to be one of busiest in nearly two decades, California Highway Patrol says to leave soon

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