SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- An annual campaign kicked off Friday morning to help feed the hungry in the Syracuse region.
The Syracuse Salvation Army headquarters held a kickoff breakfast on Friday. The Saint Patrick's Parade Committee is encouraging food and monetary donations through Parade Day on March 15.
Collections will be held at various events until the parade. All canned food that is collected will be distributed to the Interreligious Food Consortium. Monetary donations will benefit the Food Bank of Central New York.
According to organizers, it's important to help those in the community.
"There is 25 to 30 million people in this country who literally don't know where their next meal is coming front. Many of them are senior citizens and young kids. And for the greatest country in the world it makes no sense to me. It's a square peg in a round hole. This is the United States we have to take care of our own," said John Young, an organizer for the Hunger Project.
For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.syracusestpatricksparade.org.