Credit unions throughout the Southern Tier are teaming up with the Broome County Council of Churches to help the hungry this holiday season.

Each year, Empower, GHS, Horizons, Sidney, UHS Employees and Visions federal credit unions come together to help local organizations.

This year, the credit unions are collecting food donations for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, or CHOW, to help fight hunger at home.

“Credit unions were founded on the principal of people helping people,” said Mario DiFulvio, president of Horizons FCU. “So we look for something to do every year. Collect food, coats, something.”

Food donations can be dropped off at any credit union location. Donations will be collected all the way up to Dec. 24. The goal is to raise 5,000 pounds of food.

“This is our busiest time of year here at CHOW. We have a lot of families that are going into the winter who struggle in our community,” said Mike Leahey, director of CHOW. “This is really the push we need to get through this because you’re dealing with a lot of different locations collecting food at one time to help us meet this need.”

If you would like to make a monetary donation to CHOW, click here.

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