Thousands in Palm Beach County wait in lines for hurricane relief


Thousands of people came out to three locations across Palm Beach County Tuesday for food assistance after Hurricane Irma.

Food for Florida is run by the Department of Children and Families and offers vouchers to people across the state who lost food in power outages caused by the hurricane.

Katherine Caraballo waited in line for hours at John Prince Park.

“The amount that they gave me is even better," she said. "I have two kids at home and it’s just great that I can now go grocery shopping and make sure that there’s food in the house.”

The Department of Children and Families, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue kept things in order as volunteers passed out water to keep people in line cool.

Margaret Lloyd also spent several hours in line at John Prince Park.

“I think I got here about 5:45 a.m. and the line was wrapped all the way around back to Costco," she said. "I waited 6 hours just to get in here."

Lloyd lost hundreds of dollars worth of food when Irma knocked out power to her home.

“We were without power for a while," she said. "I got sick. I had my mother and my mother-in-law at my house in that heat, and we had six cats. It was hard."

Margaret pre-registered online, where she had to prove that she was living in a disaster zone when the hurricane hit and experienced some sort of financial loss.

She received a benefit card that she can use to shop for food at a local supermarket.

“I did well,” Lloyd said.

The September benefits for food will be available to Lloyd within 72 hours after her application is processed.

The three Palm Beach County registration sites will remain open until Saturday.

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