BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – An annual campaign to collect food for the hungry is off to a fast start.

The Food-A-Bago is back at the parking lot of the Weis Market on Upper Front Street.

The week-long event, organized by Townsquare Media, collects donations of non-perishable food for CHOW.

Local radio personalities, like Louie G of the Wild 104 morning show, camp out in the camper during the day, greeting donors as they drop off items.

Louie G says if you’re in a hurry, cash donations work as well.

“If you don’t have time to stop and bring food, for every dollar that CHOW takes in, they can buy $7 worth of food. So they can buy a lot more with their resources than we can buy walking into a store,” said Louie G.

This is also the 3rd year of the shopping cart challenge, a new tradition started by the Old Union Hotel.

Businesses and organizations fill a shopping cart with food to donate, and then issue a challenge to another group to do the same.

Radio personalities from Wild 104, 98.1 the Hawk and 99.1 the Whale are in the Food-A-Bago from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m weekdays and until 8 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.

There will be collection barrels if you come at another time.

The Food-A-Bago wraps up next Monday morning.

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