Hundreds of people came to Binghamton University Sunday to participate in the annual CHOW Hunger Walk.

“Annually this event provides about 100,000 meals in our community,” CHOW Director Michael Leahey said. “This is where the community comes together to support those with food insecurity in our area.”

This year WBNG-TV took park in being a sponsor of the CHOW Walk.

Chief Meteorologist Howard Manges and evening anchor Candace Chapman led the walk for participants around the campus.

“The main goal is to help eliminate hunger in our area,” explained Executive Director of Broome County Council of Churches Joseph Sellepack. “We’re right now about 1.2 million pounds raised for the year. Our goal this year is to get over 1.7 million.”

But Sellepack isn’t the only one defeating hunger in Broome County. Even students are trying to make a difference when it comes to helping those who go without meals.

“I work with a special learning community called ‘Feeding the Hungry World,’ we work on projects in the Binghamton area that deal with food access, sustainability and poverty,” said Binghamton University senior Jordan Musante.

Event organizers said this event would not have been possible without the sponsors, volunteers and the community.

For every dollar donated to the CHOW Hunger Walk, CHOW can purchase $7 worth of food or provide four additional meals to people in need.

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