Broome County Council of Churches                         Contact:  Mike Leahey
3 Otseningo St.                                                                          Title:   CHOW Director
Binghamton, NY 13903                                                           E-Mail:                                                                    Phone:  607.242.1730



Friday, December 11, 2015                        For Immediate Release

U.S. Senator Gillibrand Volunteers at CHOW This
Afternoon to Help 

Broome Families in Need

Senator Works alongside Local Girl Scouts Brownie Troop
to Fight Hunger this Holiday Season

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) visited CHOW (the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) located in Binghamton this afternoon to volunteer an hour or two to help keep Broome County children and families from going hungry this holiday season.

Sen. Gillibrand, working alongside girls from Brownie Troop #30303 of Vestal, NY, sorted food items and filled meal boxes with food for area children in need. The boxes will be delivered to families with the help of area schools.

“We’re excited to have Senator Gillibrand volunteering at the CHOW warehouse,” said Joseph Sellepack, executive director of the Broome County Council of Churches, the parent organization of CHOW. “CHOW relies heavily on volunteers to achieve its goal of ending hunger in Broome County. The holidays are often a difficult time for these children and families, and these meal boxes will help spread the message of our community’s support and care for our hungry neighbors.”

CHOW has been a program of the Council of Churches since 1976 and currently provides approximately 100,000 pounds of food each month, free-of-charge, to the 62 emergency food assistance programs (food pantries and community meal sites) that it partners with in Broome County. CHOW also includes the Broome Bounty program (a food recovery program); the CHOW Farm, where volunteers grow fresh produce to be distributed through the CHOW network; the CHOWbus, a mobile market that provides a farmers market experience to low-income neighborhoods and to areas without easy access to fresh produce and healthier food; and the South Side Community Wellness Center, a new food pantry and wellness/education center on the Council of Churches’ campus at 3 Otseningo St.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary year in 2016, the Broome County Council of Churches provides critical services to those in need in our community – the hungry, elderly and lonely, disabled, sick (Hospital Ministry), imprisoned (Jail Ministry), homeless and poor, as well as to the youth of Broome County. For more information, call (607) 724-9130 or visit


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