Handel’s Messiah

U.S. Senator Gillibrand Volunteers at CHOW

Broome County Council of Churches                         Contact:  Mike Leahey
3 Otseningo St.                                                                          Title:   CHOW Director
Binghamton, NY 13903                                                           E-Mail: mleahey@broomecouncil.net
broomecouncil.net                                                                    Phone:  607.242.1730



Friday, December 11, 2015                        For Immediate Release

U.S. Senator Gillibrand Volunteers at CHOW This
Afternoon to Help 

Broome Families in Need

Senator Works alongside Local Girl Scouts Brownie Troop
to Fight Hunger this Holiday Season

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) visited CHOW (the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) located in Binghamton this afternoon to volunteer an hour or two to help keep Broome County children and families from going hungry this holiday season.

Sen. Gillibrand, working alongside girls from Brownie Troop #30303 of Vestal, NY, sorted food items and filled meal boxes with food for area children in need. The boxes will be delivered to families with the help of area schools.

“We’re excited to have Senator Gillibrand volunteering at the CHOW warehouse,” said Joseph Sellepack, executive director of the Broome County Council of Churches, the parent organization of CHOW. “CHOW relies heavily on volunteers to achieve its goal of ending hunger in Broome County. The holidays are often a difficult time for these children and families, and these meal boxes will help spread the message of our community’s support and care for our hungry neighbors.”

CHOW has been a program of the Council of Churches since 1976 and currently provides approximately 100,000 pounds of food each month, free-of-charge, to the 62 emergency food assistance programs (food pantries and community meal sites) that it partners with in Broome County. CHOW also includes the Broome Bounty program (a food recovery program); the CHOW Farm, where volunteers grow fresh produce to be distributed through the CHOW network; the CHOWbus, a mobile market that provides a farmers market experience to low-income neighborhoods and to areas without easy access to fresh produce and healthier food; and the South Side Community Wellness Center, a new food pantry and wellness/education center on the Council of Churches’ campus at 3 Otseningo St.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary year in 2016, the Broome County Council of Churches provides critical services to those in need in our community – the hungry, elderly and lonely, disabled, sick (Hospital Ministry), imprisoned (Jail Ministry), homeless and poor, as well as to the youth of Broome County. For more information, call (607) 724-9130 or visit broomecouncil.net.


CHOW Benefit Sunday, December 13th

Neil’s Archery and Crossbow, Inc. is holding a “2015 Vegas Winter Warmup” to benefit CHOW on Sunday, December 13th. 

Location:  1460 Union Center Highway, Endicott, NY 

All donations and tournament fees will be donated directly to CHOW. 

The Tournament is open to all archers; no State or Shop affiliation is required. 

For more information and to reserve line time, call 607-953-0511. 

Spectators and archers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to help fill the CHOW barrel.

Local credit unions come together for CHOW

Credit unions throughout the Southern Tier are teaming up with the Broome County Council of Churches to help the hungry this holiday season.

Each year, Empower, GHS, Horizons, Sidney, UHS Employees and Visions federal credit unions come together to help local organizations.

This year, the credit unions are collecting food donations for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, or CHOW, to help fight hunger at home.

“Credit unions were founded on the principal of people helping people,” said Mario DiFulvio, president of Horizons FCU. “So we look for something to do every year. Collect food, coats, something.”

Food donations can be dropped off at any credit union location. Donations will be collected all the way up to Dec. 24. The goal is to raise 5,000 pounds of food.

“This is our busiest time of year here at CHOW. We have a lot of families that are going into the winter who struggle in our community,” said Mike Leahey, director of CHOW. “This is really the push we need to get through this because you’re dealing with a lot of different locations collecting food at one time to help us meet this need.”

If you would like to make a monetary donation to CHOW, click here.

To see the full article, go to:  http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Credit-Unions-coming-through-for-CHOW-360610021.html

Don’t forget our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event


Don’t Forget the CHOW Hunger Walk this weekend

The Walk is coming together nicely! We’ll have music, food, games, the ZooMobile, a Team mascot or two — and of course, The Hunger Walk itself! Very family friendly…

Don’t forget: This coming Sunday (September 20th): Registration at 1 pm, the Walk starts at 2. Binghamton University, East Gym – follow the signs. Pre-event donations at http://broomecouncil.net/chow/hunger-walk/


State Assembly holds second upstate hearing on poverty

Almost a quarter of New York children live in poverty, and in the city of Binghamton, that figure is near 50 percent. State legislators and community leaders gathered in Binghamton Tuesday to discuss the problem.

Assemblymembers Donna Lupardo (D-Binghamton) and Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) said some current laws hinder services for low-income people. Joe Sellepack of the Broome County Council of Churches says one of those laws affects people who recently left prison. Inmates can’t apply for social services. So when they’re released, there’s often a gap before they start getting help.

“They end up having a big recidivism issue that’s really preventable,” Sellepack says. “If that gap weren’t there, we would be able to help people a lot more smoothly than what we’re currently doing.”

The United Way of Broome County received a $100,000 grant earlier this year to fight poverty in the area. They will use the money to gather neighborhood-level data on poverty and plan programs.

Johnson City Schools Superintendent Mary Kay Frys says many of her district’s parents can’t make ends meet.

“Food is always an issue,” she says. “There is never enough. Staff in all our buildings keep food in their rooms to feed students and send food home with them. Coaches often feed students before practices and games.”

The United Way plans to build on a similar campaign started in Rochester earlier this year. That city’s child poverty levels are also around 50 percent. The state also funded an anti-poverty task force for Rochester earlier this year.

To see the full article, go to:  http://wrvo.org/post/state-assembly-holds-second-upstate-hearing-poverty

Conklin Fairgoers to Have Opportunity to “Fill the CHOWbus” with Food Donations

CHOW Seeks Donations of Non-Perishable Food for the Lean Summer Months

(July 1, 2015)    The CHOWbus — the brightly painted mobile farmers market run by CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) – will be on the grounds of the Conklin Fair from Thursday, July 16 through Saturday, July 18 to accept donations of non-perishable food items. This opportunity to replenish CHOW’s food supply comes thanks to the Conklin Fair Committee, Inc., sponsor of “Fill the Bus for CHOW at the Conklin Fair.”

The CHOWbus will be at the Fair, located at 942 Conklin Road, during the hours of Fair operations:  Thursday and Friday, July 16 and 17, from 5:00-10:00 PM and on Saturday, July 18, from noon to 10:00 PM. Admission to the fair is free, but fairgoers are asked to bring a food item to donate. Suggestions include peanut butter, instant potatoes, mac & cheese, canned fruit, tuna, soup and canned meats.

CHOW, a program of the Broome County Council of Churches, feeds the hungry of Broome County through its network of over 30 food pantries and 35 soup kitchens and community meal programs. It distributes approximately 115,000 pounds of food every month – more than 1.3 million pounds of food each year. The need for food is especially great over the summer months, when donations tend to fall off. “Fill the Bus for CHOW at the Conklin Fair” will help restock the shelves during this lean time of year.

For more information, call Jack Seman, Manager of Agency Relations, at CHOW (724-9130, ext.329) or Bill Krasowsky of the Conklin Fair (238-7554).

Four Outstanding Volunteers Honored Thursday Morning at “Lives of Commitment” Breakfast

Broome County Council of Churches                Contact:  Donna Hill (Dev. Dir.)
3 Otseningo St.
Binghamton, NY 13903                                             E-Mail: DHILL@broomecouncil.net
www.broomecouncil.net                                          Phone:  607.724.9130  x-306


May 7, 2015                                                                                                                          For Immediate Release


Four Outstanding Volunteers Honored Thursday Morning at “Lives of Commitment” Breakfast

Faith in Action Volunteers of the Broome County Council of Churches Presented
17th Annual Awards Breakfast


Four long-time volunteers in the Greater Binghamton community were honored Thursday morning at the 17th Annual Lives of Commitment Awards Breakfast, presented by the Faith in Action Volunteers program of the Broome County Council of Churches and held at Doubletree by Hilton Binghamton.

Frank and Dianne Emick were the Faith in Action Volunteers Honorees, receiving the award in recognition of their many years of committed volunteering, especially in service to seniors in need. Providing transportation and friendly visits through Faith in Action, they have also been actively involved in Meals on Wheels through the Broome County Office for Aging, as well as participation at St. Andrew’s and St. John’s. Prior to retirement, both were employees of UHS. Married for 47 years, they have lived in the Binghamton area for more than 50 years.

David Alexander was the Broome County Council of Churches Volunteer Honoree. A long-standing volunteer with the Council, Alexander participates in Faith in Action’s Ramp It Up youth mentoring/wheelchair ramp initiative; often hosts the “Encounter” TV program; and assists with the CHOWbus. A life-long resident of Broome County, Alexander retired as Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Union and as Program Coordinator at Binghamton University.

Community Honoree was Gail Goldberg, who has served in countless volunteer capacities throughout Greater Binghamton, including Lourdes Hospice; the Caring Community Committee (co-chair) of Temple Concord; and president of the Foundation for Improving Lives of Developmentally Challenged Individuals. She is also a leader of Osteoporosis strength training and arthritis exercises, and Self-Management of Chronic Disease/Diabetes for older adults. A trained instructor in Tai Chi, Ms. Goldberg has led over 400 participants to better health through Broome County’s Falls Prevention CDCP program. Before retiring in 2001 she worked for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Faith in Action Volunteers is a program of the Broome County Council of Churches. Its volunteers represent a cross-section of age, race, gender and religious traditions and coordinate more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service per year through Ramp It Up, the Senior Living Ministry, Grocery Days, Social Connections groups, and its volunteer matching service for transportation, visits, shopping and more for seniors.



The support of the Press & Sun-Bulletin and Weis Markets is making it possible for you to help CHOW, the hunger relief program of the Broome County Council of Churches, by purchasing the Sunday edition of the Press & Sun-Bulletin at your neighborhood Weis Market in the Binghamton area. The newspaper will donate to CHOW each time a Sunday paper is sold at the store during the period from November 23rd through December 14th.

CHOW is very grateful for this support; there is an increased need for food at this time of year and this example of community concern and generosity is appreciated. We urge you to take advantage of this offer. Nearly 40% of the recipients are children who should not have to worry about the availability of such a basic need.