Broome County Council of Churches has announced several new and exciting features for the 31st CHOW Hunger Walk, which will be held Sunday, October 20.

Live music by The Beatles Band, the Broome County ZooMobile, activities from The Magic Paintbrush Project, and visits by the team mascots from both the BMets and Senators are some of the newest attractions of the event. As always, free food and beverages will be provided all participants.

The CHOW Walk is an essential part of the support system for the Council’s emergency food program. Hundreds of walkers, including individuals and families, as well as teams from dozens of churches, youth groups and community organizations contribute to the success of this annual 2.5 mile event, which will be held on the Binghamton University campus starting at 2:00 p.m. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. in the East Gym parking lot.

CHOW program director, Michael Leahey, notes that CHOW is seeking both veteran and new walkers to help raise the money needed to assist Broome County residents struggling against hunger. “People are urged to find a sponsor, form a group, or walk individually. In addition to enjoying the entertainment and food, each walker raising at least $50 will receive a free event tee shirt. The Walk this year has a new and family-friendly focus. We invite everyone to enjoy the expanded live entertainment and take advantage of the opportunity to participate in fun activities,” Leahey stated.

CHOW, the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, provided over 700,000 meals, free of charge, to people requesting assistance in 2012. Over 40% of those served were children. CHOW also operates the Broome Bounty food recovery program, which rescued and redeployed over one million pounds of food locally last year alone. The demand for its services has been growing constantly as local individuals and families try to deal with the difficult economic environment. Through CHOW’s program, every $1 raised is leveraged into $7 in food, which provides 4 meals.

Volunteers can call the Council of Churches at (607) 724-9130 for more information and can pick up pledge packets at the office at 3 Otseningo St., Binghamton, on the city’s south side. Walkers can bring their pledge envelopes and money they collected to the walk.

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