The 2020 Food-A-Bago food drive to benefit Broome County CHOW is underway and while we’ve been telling you that CHOW is able to stretch every single dollar you donate by turning that single dollar into five complete meals, there are a few things that CHOW wishes it had more of in its warehouse. Things you might not have considered.

We will be set up in the Oliver’s Camper in the parking lot of Weis Markets, 1290 Upper Front Street in Binghamton to collect your donations these days and times:

→ Monday, November 2 to Friday, November 6 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
→ Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
→ Monday, November 9 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


If you had to pick between finding something to eat or putting on deodorant, which would you pick? How great would it be to get a box of food and find some deodorant in it?

Toilet Paper

Remember how hard it was for you to find toilet paper earlier this year? Remember how the price of toilet paper jacked up? Enough said.

Shampoo and Conditioner

I remember when I was a teen and our family struggled and would often get boxes of food from our local pantry and one time there was a bottle of Pantene shampoo. Pantene was so out of our budget that I never imagined I’d ever get to use it. Washing my hair with that bottle of shampoo made me feel so incredible inside. If you’re going to pick up some shampoo and conditioner, consider grabbing some bars of soap, too!
Can Openers
Not all cans come with a pull tab and a lot of people who benefit from food pantries don’t have a can opener of their own.

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Personal dental care comes in second to making sure your kids have food in their bellies.

Nail Clippers

Sure, nail clippers are a frivolous item, but they’re so inexpensive and there’s something about freshly clipped nails that feels really nice.


My family was very poor when I was growing up and there were times we’d get hurt and my mom would make a Band-Aid out of toilet paper and scotch tape. Finding a box of Band-Aids in our box from the food pantry would have been incredible.


A lot of people who turn to CHOW for help with food don’t have the means to buy themselves socks to keep their feet warm during the cold months. Adult and kid sized socks are so appreciated.


Research has shown that babies who don’t have clean diapers are more likely to be exposed to health risks and anyone who has had a baby knows that diapers can be quite expensive for someone with a decent income. Now, imagine someone who has no income and the impact of not being able to afford diapers for their baby could have on the innocent little one. The same could be said for adults with incontinence problems.
Baby Food and Formula
There is a DIRE need for baby food and formula. If a store sells it and its something a baby or infant can eat, CHOW will accept it. If possible, please stay away from purchasing glass jars though as these can easily break and then the food goes to waste.

Feminine Hygiene Products

Can you even imagine what it must be like for so many women in our community who have to make the decision between buying food for their babies and the hygiene products she needs? A package of hygiene products can literally turn around a woman’s day and empower her.

Read More: 11 Non-Food Items CHOW Wishes It Had In Stock [GALLERY] |

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