On a chilly day in Binghamton, a group of representatives from Weis Markets and Hormel Foods gathered in the parking lot at the Robinson Street grocery store to load more than 2,000 hams into a truck and help fight hunger this holiday season.
Part of Weis Markets’ annual Fight Hunger program, supporting local food banks and pantries, volunteers from the grocery and food brand donated 2,600 Hormel Cure 81 hams to Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.
According to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, an organization partnered with CHOW, 27,150 people in Broome County were food insecure in 2016. CHOW distributed 3.7 million pounds of food to families in need during that time.
“Broome County is home to nearly 30,000 individuals who do not know where their next meal is coming from,” said Jack Seman, CHOW director, in a statement. “This time of year often becomes an added stress for these community members.”
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