Glide Church in SF Hands Out Groceries

By Christie Smith
|  Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012  |  Updated 12:40 PM PDT
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Christie Smith reports from Glide Memorial Church as some 5,000 people turnout for the annual Christmas food bag giveaway.

Christie Smith reports from Glide Memorial Church as some 5,000 people turnout for the annual Christmas food bag giveaway.

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Thousands of people lined up Wednesday morning in the bitter cold at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco for free holiday food groceries.

The bags include turkeys, rice, bread, pasta and vegetables, and this giveaway is nothing new.

Rev. Cecil Williams says they've been doing this for 30 years.

"This long line shows me the need is still great," Williams said.

 Many people lined up for hours.  One man told us he was happy to have food to prepare in his own kitchen this holiday because times are hard. 

In all, 5,500 bags will be handed out.  Glide - known for its decade of homeless activism - also had hundreds of volunteers packing the bags. 

Many are from contributing partners like Gap, Inc., SpotOn and Central Payment.  On Dec. 22, Glide will have a toy giveaway. 

Toy donations are still needed for the children. To find out how you can help click here.      
 

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