CAMDEN, N.J. (WPVI) — The Mount Charitable Foundation has a big surprise for families in Camden, New Jersey, by doubling the amount of food that will be distributed the day after Christmas.

The original plan was to plant 20,000 pounds of food between the Broadway and Ferry Avenue location in Camden and the Cathedral Kitchen on Federal Street.

“We surprised them this morning and brought them 55,000 pounds of food today,” said Dave Smith, CEO of the Mount Group.

The amount is more than double the expected amount for families in Camden.

The Mount Charitable Foundation does this with the help of local businesses and organizations that have donated money to buy food.

“We have everything. We have hams and we have turkeys. We have canned goods. We have non-perishables and we have milk, eggs,” Smith said.

The nonprofit Mighty Writers will be distributing food to families on Broadway and Ferry Avenue.

We’re told they usually help about 250 people a day who pick up food between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

All this lasts a long time until the New Year.

“There are a lot of people who maybe don’t have as much as others and that’s what we do, we give,” said Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen.

The mayor and organizers noted that charity is important all year round.

“We realize how important it is that everyone eats every day, not just Christmas, not just Thanksgiving, so we thought the day after Christmas would be a great time to do that,” Smith said.

The Mount Charitable Foundation also plans to help families in Pennsylvania in a few weeks.

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