NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - More than 800 vehicles lined a street in New Bern on Thursday for Religious Community Services quarterly food distribution event. Hundreds of bags were filled with food, put together by volunteers at RCS.
After losing her husband, Sarah Sykes said times have been hard and paying the bills is an everyday struggle.
"It's been kind of rough and this just really helps me out and thank God, he is so gracious to us," said Sykes.
Joseph Tyson has been out of work and said it's overwhelming to have RCS give so much.
"To me it's great because I need the food and I don't know where else I would get it from if we couldn't come here," said Tyson.
Henrietta Miller said the quarterly food distribution event allows her to put food on the table for her family.
"It's a blessing, believe me. To have so many people in the house hold and sometimes the little bit of change you do have don't last you a whole month," said Miller. "They came out with this and it's awesome."
RCS workers said people started lining up around 5 a.m. The director of operations at RCS said this event wouldn't be possible without the help they receive from members in the community. Bob Howe said about 70 volunteers prepackaged the items the night before.
On Thursday, 30 Cherry Point Marines volunteered their time by handing out bags of food and putting them into the lined-up cars.
Howe said the event served more than 1,300 people in the community.
"It's a big community effort that makes this thing happen and everybody is here to serve those that are in need," said Howe.
This event is part of The Emergency Food Assistance Program through Social Services.