VESTAL (WBNG) — Both Vestal and Maine-Endwell high schools took part in a friendly challenge to see who could collect the most nonperishable food items.

“Broome County is home to over 27,000 people who do not know where their next meal is coming from,” said Director of Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) Jack Seman.

The organization’s mission is to help fight hunger in Broome County.

To try to make things better in the area the schools both competed against each other to try to collect plenty of food.

Between both schools a total of 1,664 nonperishable food items were donated and $130 was also raised for CHOW.

“It’s good to see how we all wanted to come out and support the other families in need,” said Vestal High School Senior Cindy Zhgeng. “If it were to be us then we would want other people to help us too.”

All of the food was culminated at last week’s Golden Bears vs. Spartans basketball game at the Vestal High School.

Monday morning Vestal High School students were filling up one of the CHOW vans with all the food collected.

CHOW officials say with this new donation they’ll be able to feed nearly 1,000 people in Broome County.

“To see students get together and really challenge each other for the greater good it’s incredible,” added Seman. “It’s really what makes my job worth while.”

Students like Vestal High School Junior Gina Wowk took part in this challenge to make a difference.

She says it’s important to help others in the area.

“I’m happy that I can help out the community and make people healthy and feel happy,” explained Wowk.

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