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).