Food distribution creates gridlock in Franklinton

Well over 1,000 vehicles lined up Monday morning of this week for the 2nd Harvest food distribution at the Fairgrounds in Franklinton.

Tthe Franklinton Police Department reported that the Midway at the Fairgrounds can hold approximately 500 cars. So the back-up had cars lined up all the way down Fairgrounds Road, out onto Bene Street, then down the Hackley Highway all the way to Old Columbia Road.

Several local  residents who got caught up in the massive traffic jam said it was a frustrating situation.

The traffic snarl was made worse by the fact that the two 2nd Harvest trucks arrived approximately 45 minutes late. The planned beginning time for the food distribution was 9 a.m., and the trucks actually didn't arrive until about 9:45.

"Traffic was locked up for several hours," one police officer said. He noted that the food to be given away ran out pretty quick. "Hundreds were turned away," he said.

Organizers of the food distribution said there were several reasons for the massive turnout that far exceeded expectations, including the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

PHOTO BY JONATHAN MORGAN

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