The Broome County Sheriffs Law Enforcement Officers Association has stepped in to stop hunger.

Saturday, the group held its first Food Drive for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW). Local residents donated canned food items to the organization for families in need. CHOW supports food pantries, soup kitchens and community meal programs throughout Broome County.

Officers say 14 percent of residents in Broome County struggle with hunger. About 27 percent of those residents are children.

“We go out there and we see people that don’t have any food there in their kitchen. We see children that don’t have anything to eat. So, we wanted to help. This is the first start,” said Leon Brown, Broome County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Officer’s association president.

Those involved say this will not be the last food drive. They want to continue the fight against hunger.

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