Volunteers record information from motorists in a pop-up food bank set up at the American Bank Center on Friday, May 15, 2020.  The food giveaway was organized by the Coastal Bend Food Bank and the City of Corpus Christi.

They came from all over the place looking for food.

Coastal Bend Food Bank and the City of Corpus Christi gave away food at the American Bank Center on Friday.

One by one, motorists, many of them wearing masks, opened their suitcases for volunteers to load with armfuls of canned goods, rice, packaged meals, and other groceries.

The nonprofit grocery bank normally operates from its facility on Krill Street, but has in recent weeks started “showing up” in neighborhoods or major landmarks to better serve residents in need of groceries.

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People wait in their cars at a pop-up food bank set up at the American Bank Center on Friday, May 15, 2020.  The food giveaway was organized by the Coastal Bend Food Bank and the City of Corpus Christi.

Dozens of vehicles lined up in front of the arena for at least an hour before distribution began at 10 a.m.

Coastal Bend Food Bank’s resources have been stretched thin, as are most of the 18 food banks across the state, as the coronavirus pandemic has spread.

Feeding America, a network of food banks that studies food insecurity across the country, estimates that more than 4 million people in Texas are starving. More than a third of them are children.

People head to the American Bank Center to get food from a pop-up food bank on Friday, May 15, 2020.  The food giveaway was organized by the Coastal Bend Food Bank and the City of Corpus Christi.

More than 43,800 people had tested positive for the virus on Friday, with around 1,200 dying from it, according to the Texan Ministry of Health.

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