Students See Local Food Assistance Programs

By Chelsea Bishop

January 22, 2013 Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 11:27 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An ambitious goal to end poverty and hunger. That's the motivation behind a group of students visiting food assistance programs in Binghamton

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier invited a New York City based Poverty Initiative to learn about hunger and food insecurity in the Broome County Area.

The group toured several food warehouses, including the Catholic Charities Food Pantry.

It serves up to 4,000 people each month.

The students hope to bring information they learn back to their own communities to spread poverty awareness.

"It's more to expose them to the different agencies and to learn how they operate and what their philosophy is and also to give them a chance to ask question about those who coordinate the food pantry," said Natasha Thompson, CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

In addition to the Catholic Charities Food Pantry, students also visited CHOW, VINES Urban Farm Site and the Broome Tioga BOCES Office.