Seton Catholic Central pitches in by collecting food

By Erika Mahoney

November 25, 2013 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 6:39 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With more and more people facing empty pantries, Seton Catholic Central students pitched in to make sure everyone has access to a Thanksgiving meal.

Students loaded up a van with dozens of boxes full of food Monday morning.

The items ranged from bread to green beans to pie crusts.

"It's definitely changing because you don't see the families that get the food," senior Robert Olsen said. "So it could be be anyone that you might know or not, so it really kind of touches your heart to know that people are getting this food."

Their Thanksgiving food drive has been running for more than two decades.

Students from all grades helped donate and some went door to door promoting the drive.

The food will go to the Catholic Charities of Broome County food pantry.

"Every year is crucial," Director Kathy Pfaffenbach said. "We keep saying every year, this is the worst. This year, as soon as those doors opened and we started signing people up in October, over 2,400 families signed up."

The students donated about 60 boxes of food, which will feed about 50 families.

Pfaffenbach said she is blown away by the generosity of the community every year.

She believes more than 4,000 families will benefit from all of the local food drives.

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