Employees of Columbian Financial Group have collected more than 3 ½ tons of food at their Binghamton offices, which will be donated to CHOW, the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, on Wednesday, June 8th at 10:30 a.m. in a special presentation ceremony at Columbian’s Vestal Parkway offices.
CHOW, a program of the Broome County Council of Churches, provides food to thousands of food-insecure people each month through its network of 68 food pantries, soup kitchens and meal sites. In 2015 CHOW distributed more than a million total meals to hungry residents in Broome County. About 44% of those served by the program are children, and in fact much of the food collected by Columbian employees in this drive will be used in CHOW’s summer feeding program for children.
Columbian’s annual food drive began in 2010 and in the past seven years has donated more than $6,000 and over 14 tons of food to CHOW. The employees of the company’s Binghamton office are split into three groups that compete to see which can contribute the most food. Each week of the month-long food drive focuses on a specific food type, including cereal, spaghetti sauce, dry pasta and macaroni and cheese. In addition to collecting food at the office, employees assemble baskets to be raffled at their annual picnic, with the proceeds also being donated to CHOW.
Columbian and its employees are proud to support CHOW and our community, and encourage everyone to do the same. CHOW depends on the generosity of the people of Broome County to help those who struggle with food insecurity. If you would like to make a donation, large or small, please contact CHOW at 724-9130 or visit the Council’s website at www.broomecouncil.net.