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A pre-Thanksgiving food giveaway at a Deltona church attracted so many people that it caused traffic to be backed up on Doyle Road for a couple of hours.

Volunteers at Iglesia Adventista del Septimo Día, a Spanish-language Seventh-day Adventist church, gave out thousands of pounds of food to hundreds of motorists Monday.

The line of cars snaked through the large church parking lot and spilled onto Doyle Road.

The church has similar food giveaways on the third Monday of each month, but this month’s event attracted more people than usual, possibly due to the upcoming holiday.

Lourdes Serrano, director of community service at the church, said the church has two food giveaways monthly, in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.

“We go to Daytona Beach, the warehouse they have there, and we pick up food. Once a month we have it inside the church, on the first Wednesday of each month … and on the third Monday of each month, we have it out here. It’s called a mobile drop,” Serrano said.

The Nov. 19 event was one such “mobile drop,” where people simply pulled up to a designated spot and volunteers loaded food into their vehicles.

“We get around 25,000 to 35,000 pounds of food, and we get about 300 people every time we do the mobile drop,” Serrano said. “Today, we were packed.”

About 20 volunteers helped sort food, direct traffic and load food into motorists’ vehicles throughout the day.


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