Food challenge aims to feed children in need

By Conor Mooney
By Nicky Hickling
By Steve Miller

April 8, 2014 Updated Apr 8, 2014 at 10:09 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Spring break is approaching for many students. For Catholic Charities of Broome County, that means local families in need will be coming in looking for more meals.

The organization is hoping the 12th annual Feinstein Food Challenge will help to keep pantry shelves well-stocked.

The four-day event kicks off this Thursday at 8 a.m., at Wal-Mart in Johnson City, and will continue until 8 p.m. Sunday night.

Those interested in contributing can give food and monetary donations at the Johnson City facility during those hours.

"None of us like to go to bed hungry and we want to make sure these children in the community don't go to be hungry," said Kathy Pfaffenbach of Catholic Charities.

Philanthropist Alan Feinstein created the challenge several years ago in an effort to end nation-wide hunger.

Members of Catholic Charities said if you've ever wanted to donate, now is the time to do it, because the Feinstein Foundation will "partially" match each food or monetary donation during the challenge.