Binghamton, NY The Agency, Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and their partners at FIVE South College Dr. took an active role in helping those in need this holiday season.
Beginning on Monday, November 4th, 2019, visitors to the FIVE South College Dr. building, on the corner of the SUNY Broome campus participated in “Holiday Giving at FIVE South College Dr.” The organizations have paired with two area charities: The Family Enrichment Network and CHOW. There is a holiday “giving tree” with gift tags of items for families and children in need located in the lobby of the building as well as a CHOW bin for the collection on non-perishable food items. Participants can either donate non-perishable foods to CHOW, receive a tag from the Holiday Giving tree or contribute to both collections. The holiday tree and the CHOW bin were located in the lobby until Monday December 2nd, when all items were collected for distribution.
CHOW, otherwise known as the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, strives to respond to the issue of hunger and food scarcity in the Broome County area through providing residents with accessible, low or no cost food items and meals through the help of their over 100 partners and over 30,000 hours of volunteer hours each year. CHOW parcels out about 2 million pounds of food a year, and over 175,000 pounds a month as they tackle barriers such as transportation, food deserts, and a lack of fresh produce or healthy foods for those in need.