CAZENOVIA, N.Y. - It's a community problem that can hide in plain sight.
"I didn't think there was that need and that hunger going around in our community, but after doing a lot of research...I found out that there's actually many people who can't even feed their families properly," said Patrick Karmis, student coordinator of the Cazenovia Crop Walk.
Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the Cazenovia walk are being split between two local groups that help fight hunger in Madison County. One of those is Caz Cares, which saw demand for its Fresh Foods program nearly double last month.
"Families maybe had two jobs and lost one of the jobs so that they're having trouble making ends meet, so we're definitely seeing our numbers go up," said Caz Cares Director Gigi Redmond.
Crop Walks were held throughout the nation and CNY to raise money for pantries, but these weren't the only events taking steps toward this goal ahead of the holiday season.
The Hallowrun for Hunger drew out people to support the Food Bank of Central New York.
"There's always an increase in need during the holidays, but the reality is there's a need all year long, so again, it's just trying to fulfill those needs," said Liz Occhino, special events and marketing coordinator for the Food Bank of CNY.
Runners and walkers may have had their pick of events, but pantry officials weren't concerned about competing for participants.
"I think that they probably all feed into each other, and the local food pantries all get funds and food from the Food Bank of Central New York, so we certainly would applaud another event somewhere," said Redmond.
And another resource to help keep shelves stocked through this busy time of year.