Help raise money for the following:
Geller Oncology Fund • Mercy House • RISE (formerly SOS Shelter)
Danielle House • Mental Health Association • CHOW

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Mid-Week Lenten Service

Funds to help expand CHOW Fresh Mobile Market program

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. – Some state funds are helping to expand a program that brings fresh produce to people who need it.

The CHOW Fresh Mobile Markets bring low cost or free fruits and vegetables to people with mobility issues, such as the seniors at the Harry L Drive Apartments in Johnson City, and to “food deserts” – neighborhoods that lack a full-service grocery store like the Northside of Binghamton.

CHOW purchases some of the produce and sells it at a slight mark-up.

Anything it receives for free it passes along at no cost.

“People are so grateful. I think one of the best parts of my job and a lot of the people that I work with, is seeing the reaction of the folks who are able to come and have access to produce that they wouldn’t normally be able to either access or afford,” said CHOW Program Manager Jack Seman.

The Broome County Health Department secured a grant from the state’s Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program.

It will help CHOW send its produce van to more locations in Binghamton, Johnson City, Harpursville and Deposit.

Health Department Deputy Director Mary McFadden says proper nutrition helps to ward off obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

“We really try to rely on what’s existing in our community that could be sustained, enhanced and expanded by these grant funds. So, that when the funds go away, the partners are able to sustain these great efforts,” she said.

Already in its first 3 years, the CHOW Fresh Mobile Markets have grown to 30 year-round sites with another 20 more in the summer.

Proceeds from the sale of produce helps to fund CHOW’s efforts to feed children during the summer.

To see the full article, go to:  http://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/news/local-news/funds-to-help-expand-chow-fresh-mobile-market-program/660891564

One position available at the Council of Churches!!

POSITION TITLE:              Broome Bounty Food Recovery Driver

POSITION STATUS:           Full Time, 40 hrs, Non-Exempt

PROGRAM:                       CHOW/Broome Bounty

SUPERVISOR:                       CHOW & Donor Relations Manager

PURPOSE OF POSITION:  Receives general supervision. Supports the smooth operation of the warehouse by delivering and picking up food.


  • Drive CHOW/Broome Bounty trucks to pick-up and deliver food.
  • Verify records of all food picked up and delivered to ensure accuracy.
  • Load and unload trucks.
  • Assist as needed in all warehouse operations to ensure safety and efficiency in all aspects of product distribution.
  • Maintain all BC3 vehicles.
  • Assist with facility maintenance.
  • Represent CHOW/Broome Bounty in the community.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Requires the ability to read, write, understand job instructions, match numbers, and maintain inventory records.  Needs to have a high school diploma or GED.  Valid clean NYS drivers license is required.  Needs to have good communication skills including ability to persuade others in securing cooperation and/or resolving problems.  Needs to be able to work in a team environment and demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and dependability.  Needs to practice professionalism and project respectful behavior at all in-house and community job functions. Needs to be able to cope with stressors and demands that are associated with the job and/or the work environment so that acceptable and defined levels of performance are maintained.  Ability to lift 50 pounds necessary. 


Works in a warehouse setting.  Needs to be able to spend significant amounts of time driving a vehicle.

Elementary students raise 1,200 pounds of food for CHOW

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Binghamton did their part to give back to the community during the holiday season.

The school collected non-perishable items to donate to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW).

Teachers say this program is a good way to teach kids about giving back to the community.

“It’s giving without expecting anything in return, and they can — no matter how small they can just really feel like they matter, and it’s giving back to our own community and I think that’s so important for the kids to learn,” said Social Worker Amy Bennett.

“We’re all part of the community and, you should do things that you think treat others like you want to be treated,” Fifth grader Collin Gibb said.

To see the full article, go to:  http://www.wbng.com/story/33808840/elementary-students-raise-1200-pounds-of-food-for-chow

‘Hansel and Gretel’ performance aims to help the hungry

Tri-Cities Opera is gearing up for another performance that highlights family and sticking together.

“Hansel and Gretel” will be performed at the Tri-Cities Opera Center from November 11-20. The center is located at 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton.

Tri-Cities Opera is also partnering with the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse during this holiday season.

The audience is invited to bring non-perishable food donations to each performance.

Tri-Cities officials say the story of “Hansel and Gretel” ties into the mission of the partnership.

“This opera is all about two kids or a family that doesn’t have a lot of food,” said Director of Production, Cynthia Marino. “Not having a lot to eat isn’t something that’s just on stage, it’s something that affects our community as well. We’re hoping, especially the children who come see it, that you can do something about that”.

Tickets can be bought by going to tricitiesopera.com or by calling 607-772-0440

To see the complete article, go to:  http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Hansel-and-Gretel-performance-aims-to-help-the-hungry-400630481.html



November 25th    10am – 2pm

Susquehanna Valley High School Track

1040 Conklin Rd., Conklin, NY   13748

TRACK FRIDAY is a National Movement on the day after Thanksgiving

to turn

Black  Friday into TRACK FRIDAY, a day focused on:


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CHOW, partners hoping to fill the Food-A-Bago

Local organizations are coming together to help families in need this holiday season.

The Food-A-Bago is parked at Weis on Upper Front Street in the town of Chenango.

Community members are encouraged to collect non-perishable foods to fill up the RV with food.

The donations will help feed families in Broome County, through the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, or CHOW.

“Last year this event helped us provide over six-thousand meals, and this year our shelves are really bare. I’ve been here four years, and I have not seen so little food in our warehouse. So we’re really hoping that people come out, they’ll donate, our goal is to raise ten thousand pounds of food this year,” said CHOW Director Michael Leahey.

The Food-A-Bago will be parked outside the grocery store through Monday, November 7.

Full article at:  http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Help-fill-the-Food-A-Bago-outside-Weis-on-Front-Street-399363291.html

Dining For Dollars supports program to help older people maintain independence

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) A dinner and a show entertained the crowd at Dining for Dollars to benefit the elderly across Broome County.

Local clergy serenaded and served dinner at the event held at the Polish Community Center in Binghamton Thursday.

All proceeds benefit Faith in Action Volunteers which is a program run by the Broome County Council of Churches.

Faith In Action Volunteers assist adults 60 years of age and over to maintain quality of life and independence.

“For some of them it’s life or death. I mean if they have to be for dialysis twice a week and they have no way to get there, their family either is out of town or their family works, it can be very vital to their survival,” said Program Director Sue Spencer.

The program provides more than 10,000 hours of service to older adults in Broome County each year.

For the full article, go to:  http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Dining-For-Dollars-supports-program-to-help-older-people-maintain-independence-398975051.html