CHOW sees shortfall of donations, find out how you can help

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Published: Sep. 12, 2022 at 11:44 PM EDT
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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - Many businesses and programs across the nation are feeling the effects of inflation and supply chain issues. The Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) over in Binghamton, whose mission is to stop hunger at the local level, is no exception. The network of food pantries is experiencing a shortfall of donations.

CHOW Director Les Aylesworth said its role in the community is essential as it serves as a safety net for residents falling on hard times. “All of us will hit hard times in life whether it’s a chronic illness, whether it’s a job loss, whether it’s something that happens,” said Aylesworth. “We want to be in that gap to help people maybe bridge it.”

Despite factors like inflation, supply chain issues, and the lingering effects of the pandemic, they still have to carry out their mission as there are over 100 local pantries and meal sites.

To help assist residents of Broome County with short-term assistance, recovered food has always been one of the tools. “That’s food that’s passed its sell-by date but not passed its use-by date,” said Aylesworth. “It’s donations from grocery stores, food distributors. Food that they couldn’t sell and they donate it to us. Because of supply chain issues, costs, etc., there’s not as much abundance. So even that has reduced as well.”

As a result, CHOW has had to respond to the situation by purchasing more food.

When it comes to CHOW and its efforts, $1 can assist with five meals for the community. If you are in need of food or would like to make a donation, head to this website.