Friday, October 26, 2012

Help Wanted!!!!! To Benefit The Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse in Binghamton NY

It is time to give back to the community that has supported us all season long. DeMetro Racing and our Sponsors are teaming up for a big task, but we need your help. Our goal is to fill our race trailer for the Chow Warehouse in Binghamton!!!! We know with everyone’s help in the racing community we can do this!!!! How can you help? Spread the word on your facebook and websites!! Hold a Food Drive where you work!!

 Bring your collections on November 10th at the Price Chopper at 1001 North Street in Edicott, NY from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Bring your car and or team out on November 10th…to show your support!!

 Contact any media sources you may have!!! We will accept monetary donations to go grocery shopping for the food pantry! If you would like to get involved please message us and we can give you specific details. We can also be reached at Please help us help the less fortunate as the holiday season approaches.

Price Chopper
1001 North Street
Endicott, NY
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
To learn more about the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse go to

Residents Walk To Raise Money For Food Bank

It's been a rough year for many residents of the Southern Tier.  Some are still recovering from last year's flood and others are still looking for work.
With this economy thousands of people rely on the food pantries and soup kitchens to feed their families.  On Sunday hundreds of people came to Binghamton University to take part in the 30th annual CHOW hunger walk.

It's a 2 and a half mile walk around the campus and raises money for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.

Chow's Director says more people than ever are using its services and  they serve about ten thousand people a month.

"It's a tough year for people.  It's a tough year for us because were getting a lot more demand for food so it's difficult for everyone.  Were hoping we can have a good hunger walk so we can help as many people as we can through out the winter," said Ed Blaine, Director of Chow.

The Director says they were hoping to raise 50 thousand dollars from this year's walk.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Binghamton Restaurant Week raised more than $7,000 for CHOW

BINGHAMTON — The city’s Restaurant Week raised more than $7,000 for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse and served more than 16,990 meals.

On Thursday, restaurant owners, city officials, sponsors and a representative from CHOW celebrated the 10-day event that brought people to local restaurants, gave customers a taste of the city and helped out a local non-profit.

“It’s really given everybody an opportunity to see what we have to offer,” said Mayor Matthew T. Ryan.
Restaurant Week, which took place from Sept. 18-27, included 20 city restaurants which offered menu specials to give customers a variety of samples of each eatery’s cuisine.

The Rev. Joseph Sellepack, executive director of Broome County Council of Churches, which runs CHOW, said it’s amazing that the region that suffered so much a year ago after the flood has come back to help those in need.

“It’s hard to believe a little over a year ago, we would be under water,” Sellepack said. “I thank you for the work that you’ve done.”

Over the course of restaurant week’s bi-annual event, which began in March 2010, participating restaurants sold 58,697 meals, had revenues of more than $1 million and donated $24,626 to charities, according to Marie McKenna, co-owner of Lost Dog Cafe and co-organizer of Binghamton Restaurant Week. 

The seventh Restaurant Week will be held from March 12-21.

Written by     Debbie Swartz

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Broome church council announces annual CHOW Walk

The Broome County Council of Churches has announced that it is inviting both veteran and new volunteer walkers to participate in the 30th CHOW Hunger Walk, which will be held Sunday, October 21.

Hundreds of walkers, including dozens of churches, youth groups and community organizations, contribute to the success of this annual 2.5 mile event, which will be held on the Binghamton University campus starting at 2:00 p.m. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. at the parking lot located next to the B.U. Events Center.

CHOW, the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, provides emergency food to approximately 40,000 Broome County residents each year by providing inventory to 34 pantries located across the county. CHOW also operates the Broome Bounty Food Recovery Program.

The demand for its services has been growing constantly as local individuals and families try to deal with the difficult economic environment. Nearly half of those receiving assistance are children.

“Now, more than ever, we need to make this Hunger Walk the best ever,” noted Deacon Edward Blaine, CHOW’s program director. “We are counting on the long-established volunteer spirit of the families, churches and organizations of Broome County to help us raise the money needed to assist those struggling against hunger. Find a sponsor, get a group together or walk yourself; be a part of this important event to help our neighbors.”

All walkers raising at least $50 will receive a free tee shirt. Refreshments, food and entertainment will be provided after the walk.

Volunteers can call the Council of Churches at 607-724-9130 for more information and can pick up pledge packets at the office located at 3 Otseningo St., Binghamton, on the city’s South Side.

Walkers can bring their pledge envelopes and money they collected to the walk.

Care-Givers And Isolated Women to Benefit From New Initiatives

Joanne Kays from the Broome County Council of Churches Faith in Action Volunteers  and Cathy James from the Alzheimer’s Association  spoke on the Southern Tier Close Up airing October 6th about upcoming programs reaching out to care-givers and isolated women.

James says many times care-givers become overwhelmed as they work around the clock meeting the needs of their loved ones and could use a break.

James says the Alzheimer’s Association will train interested volunteers on skills needed to help patients with memory impairments that not only will relieve some of the stress on the care-giver but can also help the patient with more interaction and skills.

Kays says the other initiative will reach out to women who may not have the facilities to get out of the home and into social settings. Kays says the program will work in cooperation with existing senior centers and other agencies.

To find out more about the Broome County Council of Churches you can go to their website at

The Alzheimer’s Association website is

By: Kathy Whyte