Feeding hungry families during the holidays

By Perry Russom

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As the holiday season approaches, a growing number of families in the area will go hungry, local officials say. The community came together on Tuesday to brainstorm ways to keep families fed.

Community members gathered at Lost Dog to plan ways to help feed families struggling to get food.

"The reality is it's an issue that is with us year round and it would be fantastic if that kind of awareness could continue throughout the year," said Natasha Thompson of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

Thompson said her organization is on track to give out more than 9 million pounds of food this year with a majority of their traffic around the holiday season.

"It's a time of being with family and friends and sharing the bounty and the thought that there are people in our community who don't have the ability to share in the same way with their family and friends is challenging for folks," said Thompson.

Thompson said the food bank gets a lot of calls from people trying to help out this time of the year, but stressed the reality of hunger is a year round issue.

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