(WBNG) — Stamp Out Hunger is taking place this weekend. It’s an event that helps raise thousands of pounds of food for those who need it most in the Southern Tier.

“This Saturday is the 26th annual stamp out hunger food drive,” Jack Seman, the Director of the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW), said. “Letter carriers will be going around to house and picking up food donations, it’ll come right back to this warehouse where it’ll be boxed up by agencies food pantries and soup kitchens where it will then go out to the hungry folks of Broome County.”

Leaders at CHOW are getting ready for this event, which they say is one of their biggest events of the year. The drive lets you donate simply by leaving a bag of food by your mailbox.

“All they have to do is take a look in their mail the next couple days the letter carriers will drop off a bag with a logo on it, um fill it up, leave it out on that Saturday and the letter carriers will do the rest,” Seman added. “I think events like these are great awareness builders as well as food drives, so I think its important, and great for people to see what the community is doing.”

So if you want to donate Seman says there are some things to keep in mind.

“We like to stay away from glass items cause they break easily, but canned goods, non perishable boxed items are always welcome,  healthy foods are great,” Seman explained. “We’re just so grateful, we usually raise about 40,000 pounds of food through this food drive so its one of the largest food drives we have.”

Seman said The Food Bank of the Southern Tier also takes a portion of the food. CHOW takes the rest and that serves right around 20,000 people.

To see the complete article, go to:  http://www.wbng.com/story/38133249/getting-ready-to-stamp-out-hunger


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