Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Volunteer Walkers Still Needed for Chow Hunger Walk

Last Update: 10/04 12:03 pm
From Broome County Council of Churches:

As CHOW continues to face increased demands for food, the hunger-fighting agency still has pledge envelopes available for volunteer walkers who want to help raise money at the 28th annual CHOW Hunger Walk on Sunday, Oct. 17, to help feed the hungry.

“As CHOW continues to face challenges raising more money than ever to fight the hunger problem in our community with a 25% increase in demand for food, we need more walkers than ever to meet this need,” Deacon Edward Blaine, CHOW program director said. “Our community has always responded in our commitment to feeding the hungry—we know they will come through again this year as we prepare for the winter weather when demand increases for even more food to feed those in need.”

Pledge envelopes are available at the Broome County Council of Churches which operates CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) at 3 Otseningo St., Binghamton, on the south side of Binghamton near the Tompkins Street Bridge and Webster Street. Call the Council’s office at 724-9130 for more information and directions.

The Hunger Walk will be held as usual at Binghamton University on Oct. 17 and will begin with registration at 1 p.m., 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. Local youth and church groups are encouraged to participate since the event is a family affair. Much of the volunteer help is provided by Binghamton University student groups.

The purpose of the Hunger Walk is to build up food inventories for the winter, typically a demanding time for CHOW. The money collected for the walk is used to buy food to stock 30 food pantries located at churches and congregations spread throughout Broome County so those in need will not have far to travel to get food.

Each month, CHOW provides food for about 3,000 people, with nearly half of them children.


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