Friday, September 10, 2010

Walkers for CHOW Hunger Walk

Volunteer Walkers Needed for CHOW Hunger Walk Oct. 17

Last Update: 9/09 9:59 am

From Broome County Council of Churches:
The 28th annual CHOW Hunger Walk of the Broome County Council of Churches, to be held Sunday, Oct. 17, has pledge envelopes available for volunteer walkers who want to raise money to help feed the hungry.
Walkers collect money from family, friends, church members and other supporters as they walk at Binghamton University to support this annual food drive for CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse). Pledge packets can be picked up at the Council of Churches at 3 Otseningo St., Binghamton, near the Tompkins Street Bridge and Webster Street on the city’s southeast side. Walkers are asked to call the Council of Churches at 724-9130 to pick up pledge packets. Council offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Demands for food are up about 25% this year and we need all the help we can get from walkers who support this critical community food event,” Deacon Edward Blaine, CHOW program director said. “We’re counting on our walkers once again this year to help meet these demands.”
The Hunger Walk will be held as usual on the Binghamton University campus and will start at 1 p.m. Oct. 17 with registration, followed by a 2.5-mile walk around campus kicking off at 2 p.m. Refreshments, food, entertainment and children’s activities will follow the walk.
Walkers can bring the pledge packets and money they collect to the Hunger Walk. Anyone who collects at least $50. will get a free tee shirt. Several community groups, churches, youth groups and Binghamton University student groups usually participate. Much of the volunteer help at the walk comes from the University.
The purpose of the Hunger Walk is to help build up food inventories for the winter, typically a busy time of the year for CHOW. The food is used to stock 30 pantries located at churches and congregations spread across Broome County so those in need of food will not have to travel far to help feed their families. Each month CHOW provides food for about 3,000 people, with nearly half of them children.

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