Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thousands of hungry families will be helped this holiday season thanks in part to those who dine out in the Binghamton area.
The sixth edition of Binghamton Restaurant Week wrapped up and raised more money than ever before.
Action News shares some of the highlights.
Organizers say this Binghamton Restaurant week has been the biggest and most successful yet.
The event sold nearly 17,000 meals and raised more than $7,000 for charity.
"In six restaurant weeks we've now had over a million dollars in sales, we have raised just shy of 25-thousand dollars for charity, and it's just a great success," said Little Venice Restaurant Owner Piero
C.H.O.W. received the donated portion of funds from Binghamton Restaurant Week for the third time
The money will go to help feed the hungry.
"Food costs are really going up a lot. This is a huge shot in the arm for us. For us to be able to purchase the food that is necessary to make the holidays a good time for people," said Rev. Dr. Joseph Sellepack of Broome County Council of Churches.
On average, C.H.O.W. delivers 1.6 million pounds of food to about 72,000 people per year.
An event that not only donates to charity, but brings more business to the local restaurants.
Since it's creation, Binghamton Restaurant week has generated more than a million dollars in restaurant week sales.
"The perception of bringing people back to Binghamton, letting them see how we're creating a safe, walk-able, beautiful city," said Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan.
"It's just amazing how our community works that way and Restaurant Week sees themselves as being a part of helping people like the people that we serve," said Sellepack.
There were 20 participating restaurants in September and organizers hope to have 25 by the next event.
Dates for the spring Binghamton Restaurant Week are already scheduled.
It will be March 12 - 21st, 2013.