An annual campaign to collect food for those in need has set a new record.
The 27th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive resulted in over 5,300 of food being collected for CHOW in Broome County.
Mail carriers were tasked with collecting food donations as they delivered on their postal routes last Saturday.
M and T Bank sponsored the event by sending plastic bags to houses for people to put the donated food in.
CHOW Director Jack Seman says the bag donations were crucial this year since the one year they did not have bags, only 8,000 was collected which is well below their average. “I think a lot of folks don’t realize that Broome County is home to 1 in 7 people that don’t know where their next meal is coming and are at risk to face hunger. When people get bags in the mail for this event or the go to the mall and see can structure for Canstruction. I think they ask themselves a question and they look into it a little further and they can find out that they might be living next door to hunger or hunger might be in their community.”
Seman says the food will be put into meal boxes for students that are home over the summer battling food insecurity.
He says the goal is to provide 35,000 meals for kids this summer.