KINGSTON, Okla. (KTEN) -- No Hunger Holidays returned to southeast Oklahoma for the fifth consecutive year on Friday.

Organized by Feed the Children and the Chickasaw Nation, the food distribution event pops up each year for one day within the Chickasaw Nation's 13-county  territory.

This year, in Kingston, cars lined up around the city's multi-purpose facility one hour before the 11 a.m. start time.

Food was offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies for 800 families lasted.

Shelf-stable food items included cereal, pasta and canned vegetables.

Each applicant received a 25-pound box of shelf-stable food, like pasta, canned vegetables and cereal along with a 15-pound box of personal care items including shampoo, lotion and toothpaste.

This year's event also included books and toys.

"We've seen a huge uptick this year with the pandemic," said John Ricketts from Feed the Children. "Right now, our numbers are about one in four children are going to bed hungry, and before the pandemic it was one in seven, so it's very important that we are here this week."

In Kingston alone, nearly 19 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.

"It's so rewarding to see so many different people, smiles on their faces -- just be able to reach out and provide a helping hand," said Jody Teeter, Director of Special Events for the Chickasaw Nation.

This event wasn't just for Chickasaw Nation citizens; anyone in need was eligible for the holiday packages.

"In spite of the difficulties we're going through as a nation and the state of Oklahoma, there are still so many needy families that could use a helping hand, a little bit of extra help this time of the year," Teeter said.

The outreach and efforts go far beyond than Friday afternoon in Kingston.

"We'll continue to support the Chickasaw Nation and this community long after this is over with other types of events, other types of product and resources that we can pump into this community as they have a need," Ricketts said.

No Hunger Holidays distributed free food and supplies in Kingston on December 18, 2020.