By Chai Lin Kim Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC NEWS)– February and March are the slowest months for donations for hungry families in need. Why? Because those months do not fall during the holiday season. However, the St. Patrick Hunger Project, through donations from the public, has donated enough funding to local Food Bank for as many as 60,000 meals in this year, according to syracuse.com.
St. Patrick Hunger Project turned the St. Patrick’s Day parade into not just a quaint neighborhood parade but into an opportunity to give back to the community, the chair of St. Patrick Hunger project, Vince Christian, said. This year, St. Patrick Hunger Project is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving $20,000 to the Syracuse Food Bank.
Also, the group has plans many special events for this anniversary starting this Friday, Christian said, including Irish Night at the Syracuse Crunch game, a food drive at Kinney drug stores and food and donations will be collected at the Tipp Hill Shamrock Run on Saturday, March 5.
Christian is hoping to raise $25,000 this year from donations for next year’s project. The deadline for donations for the 2017 project is three weeks from now. He also hopes to collect 10,000 pounds of food.
Over the past 10 years, this project has donated over 300,000 meals to local families in need.
“We are pretty optimistic of our financial goals and we will see where the food goal ends,” Christian said.