Just a reminder: CHOW Hunger Walk September 17, 2017

St. Michael’s community meal a rousing success for Broome County

“When I grew up here everybody owned their own house, everybody knew their neighbors. I couldn’t do anything wrong without anyone telling about me,” said Barb Knighton.

Knighton was raised on Holland Street, right behind St. Michael’s Greek Catholic Church. She’s a third generation member of the parish.

But times, and the First Ward have changed. Noting that the demographics and economic status are different, Knighton came up with an idea. Just over a year ago, she started a community meal at St. Mike’s Recreation center.

“The hunger in the neighborhood is unbelievable,” she said,” No one should go hungry in this country.”

Every Monday night, as many as 200 people gather at 5:45 p.m. for a prayer by the pastor, Fr. Jim Dutko. Then they have a three-course meal.  Each receives tickets to be served soup and salad, an entrée and then desert.

Knighton is backed by a group of volunteers that includes 20 or more people each week, mostly parishioners.  But sometimes, when the school year gets going, students from SUNY Broome or Binghamton University also help out.

The menu is varied, and mostly relies on what is available from CHOW, the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.   On a recent Monday afternoon, they were preparing a noodle dish for the entrée and deserts were being cut.  Fresh fruit and vegetables plus some leafy greens were in the fridge, ready for distribution to the diners.

About three hours before serving time, parishioner Patricia Gay took a few minutes away from slicing potatoes for soup to talk about the dinner.

“It’s been great for the community,” she said. “It’s a lot of work and love put into the preparation for the food and serving the people. We don’t realize how many people are hungry.”

“I really enjoy it,” said parishioner Pauline Jreczko. “It makes me appreciate what I have. That’s what it’s all about.”

Sometimes, there are too many volunteers.  “If we don’t have a job for you,” Knighton said, “I tell them it’s your job to take a plate, sit down and talk to someone.”

Knighton tries to have something other than food available each week.  Clothing, snacks, health care products and toilet paper have been among the takeaway. There’s also a special table just for kids.

The community dinner is based on a simple formula that’s not too far from her First Ward roots.  She likes to cook.  And she’s not unlike the mothers of times gone by, keeping an eye on those in the neighborhood.  But the neighbors at the dinner come from more than just the area around Clinton Street and Glenwood Avenue. They’re from all over Broome County.

“Jesus fed a lot of people with two fish and five loaves,” Knighton said.

“There’s no reason in this world for people to go hungry,” she added. “I believe that as Christians we should take care of everyone, regardless of who they are, where they come from.”

“If I could do this every day of the week I would.”

CHOW Hunger Walk, Sunday September 17, 2017

The four-day event will include hundreds of radio-controlled aircraft

The Binghamton Aeros will host the 32nd annual Festival of Giants R/C Air Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Chenango Bridge Airport (247 Airport Road in Chenango Bridge).

The four-day event will include hundreds of radio-controlled aircraft flown by pilots from throughout the East Coast and Canada, with some aircraft are as large as half the size of the real plane. Flying is almost non-stop with everything from giant biplanes to turbine jets. Food and refreshments will be available, and vendors will be on site.

The event is free but benefits the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, so a cash or non-perishable food item donation requested.

For more information, go online to www.binghamtonaeros.wildapricot.org.

CHOW unveils new ‘Mobile Grocery Store’

VESTAL (WBNG) — The Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) unveiled its new Mobile Grocery Store on Thursday at the United Way of Broome County in Vestal.

Organizers said the Mobile Grocery Store is a way to eliminate the food desert on the Northside of Binghamton and in rural areas around the Southern Tier.

The bus carries non-perishable items along with fresh produce that you would find at a brick and mortar store. All of the items will have little to no cost.

“There’s a stigma revolving around hunger to where if you go to a pantry or a community meal, people look down upon you, so people being able to utilize this bus, they’ll be able to – just like everyone else – just go to a grocery store and shop,” said CHOW Director Jack Seman.

The bus will make its first trip June 30.

To see the full article, go to:  http://www.wbng.com/story/35676227/chow-unveils-new-mobile-grocery-store

CHOW gets 3.6-ton food donation

VESTAL (WBNG) — The Columbian Financial Group of Vestal collected 3.6 tons of food for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW).

The employees split up into three groups that competed to contribute the most food.

Organizers said each week focused on a specific food type including macaroni and cheese and pasta sauce.

The food will go to CHOW’s summer feeding program, which allows children who rely on school meals to have access to food during the break.

“It’s important to give back to our community, we have a lot of need in the community, and the summertime is especially hard on children in the area so we feel it’s very important that we take a lead in the community in providing for those children,” Columbia Financial Group CEO Michael Fosbury told 12 News.

According to the company, it has donated more than 18 tons of food during the last seven years of participation.

To see the full article, go to:  http://www.wbng.com/story/35644658/chow-gets-36-ton-food-donation

Reminder to all Golfers: Support Ramp It Up!!!!

The 28th Annual Greater Binghamton Association of Realtors Tournament of Love

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Belden Hill Golf Club

1820 NYS Rte. 7

Harpursville, NY  13787

Proceeds to benefit Ramp It Up! 

Enjoy a lovely day of golf and support a vital community service.

Since 2009, the Ramp It Up!  Youth Initiative has provided freedom and independence to Broome County residents by coordinating local youth and adult mentors to build ramps for those who cannot easily access their homes.

For more information, or to register, go to:

http://www.greaterbinghamtonmls.com/sites/greaterbinghamtonmls.com/files/17golf_registration-all_in_one_form_0.pdf

Golfers, Remember: Support Ramp It Up

The 28th Annual Greater Binghamton Association of Realtors Tournament of Love

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Belden Hill Golf Club

1820 NYS Rte. 7

Harpursville, NY  13787

Proceeds to benefit Ramp It Up! 

Enjoy a lovely day of golf and support a vital community service.

Since 2009, the Ramp It Up!  Youth Initiative has provided freedom and independence to Broome County residents by coordinating local youth and adult mentors to build ramps for those who cannot easily access their homes.

For more information, or to register, go to:

http://www.greaterbinghamtonmls.com/sites/greaterbinghamtonmls.com/files/17golf_registration-all_in_one_form_0.pdf

Calling all Golfers: Support Ramp It Up!

The 28th Annual Greater Binghamton Association of Realtors Tournament of Love

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Belden Hill Golf Club

1820 NYS Rte. 7

Harpursville, NY  13787

Proceeds to benefit Ramp It Up! 

Enjoy a lovely day of golf and support a vital community service.

Since 2009, the Ramp It Up!  Youth Initiative has provided freedom and independence to Broome County residents by coordinating local youth and adult mentors to build ramps for those who cannot easily access their homes.

For more information, or to register, go to:

http://www.greaterbinghamtonmls.com/sites/greaterbinghamtonmls.com/files/17golf_registration-all_in_one_form_0.pdf

Don’t Forget to Vote to help CHOW® receive a grant to fund the CHOW® Mobile Grocery Bus!!!

Please help CHOW® receive a grant to fund the CHOW® Mobile Grocery Bus!!!

                                 

The National Voting Period will begin on April 12, 2017 and end on May 12, 2017. CHOW would like to encourage you to vote for us! You can vote once a day!

How it works: The top 10 voted submissions in each category will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The panel will determine the top three applicants in each category who will be awarded grants of either $50,000 or $100,000 each.

How to vote:

  1. Go to: http://act.usatoday.com/
  2. Scroll down o the bottom of the page Click on “Vote
  3. Then click the search icon and type in “CHOW Bus”

Or, click on the following link:  http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60467484