Stories like this are becoming quite common. Food insecurity is prompting many of the people you know — maybe even you and your loved ones — to seek help from compassionate neighbors.

Organizers and volunteers of a food distribution in Deltona had planned to work at the event for hours, but the demand was such that the supply of edibles was exhausted in less than an hour.

West Volusia Hospital Authority Chair Delores Guzman and about 35 helpers from area churches and ministries took part in the Aug. 26 event at the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex.

FarmShare provided the free food for those who showed up early enough to claim it. The drive-thru pickup of potatoes, chicken, cheese, grapes and bottled water was supposed to begin at 10 a.m., but cars were lining up before daylight.

“At 6:30 people were waiting,” Guzman said.

There was food for an estimated 200 households.

Hundreds of vehicles turned into the park, but Guzman said many had to be turned away empty-handed. She added she hopes to slate a food giveaway in Deltona at least once a month.

Since the coronavirus pandemic swept over the nation and the world, the numbers of families hit by unemployment, underemployment, costly medical emergencies or other financial circumstances beyond their control, have soared. One does not have to be dirt poor to be in need of nutrition.