Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Catholic Charities of Broome County provided some 800,000 meals to the hungry last year. And this year, they say the need is even greater.
The organization returned to the phones again in the WBNG atrium, raising nearly $8,000 over the past two days to feed the hungry this holiday season.
The goal was to raise $16,000 through this year's phone-a-thon.
Organizers say just $25 can make a big difference and feed one person for a week.
But the issue of hunger has changed over the past decade.
"Right now the economy has been changing and it's impacted the elderly more than people realize. Where they used to get help from family members and friends, that help has since dried up. Since 2006, the elderly poor population has doubled in Broome County," said Thomas Julian with Fidelis Care, which has partnered with Catholic Charities of Broome County.
This marked an 11th year for the event.