New York has been grappling with the impact of the ongoing economic crisis and as the state deals with the struggling economy, one dire consequence remains, and that is the increasing issue of food insecurity.

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The economic downturn has hit New York particularly hard, with businesses closing, layoffs happening constantly, and families facing financial strain.

Unemployment rates have soared, leaving thousands struggling to make ends meet. As individuals and families grapple with reduced or lost income, the ability to afford basic necessities, including food, has been severely impacted.

Food insecurity, defined as limited or uncertain access to nutritious and sufficient food, has long been an issue in the state of New York. However, the economic fallout from the pandemic has only caused this problem to grow. Families who were already food insecure prior to the crisis are now facing even greater challenges in putting food on the table.

The impact of food insecurity goes beyond empty stomachs though. Studies have shown that inadequate access to nutritious food can lead to numerous health issues, affecting physical and mental well-being. Children who experience food insecurity are more likely to struggle with developmental delays and academic setbacks. Furthermore, the economy itself suffers, as decreased productivity and increased healthcare costs place an additional burden on society.

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Certain groups within New York's population are disproportionately affected by food insecurity. Low-income households, single-parent households, and marginalized communities are particularly vulnerable. The impact is also felt by senior citizens, who may be on fixed incomes and face difficult choices between buying medication or buying food.

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, both the government and community organizations have taken steps to address the issue as has Townsquare Media.

Townsquare Media has partnered with CHOW, the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse to raise non-perishable food and monetary donations as well as to raise awareness about the issue of food insecurity not only in Broome County but in surrounding counties.

If you would like to help neighbors who are struggling to put food on their tables, the Food-A-Bago Food Drive is your opportunity.

Food a Bago Food Drive Location

Townsquare Media radio stations (98.1 The Hawk, Kiss 104.1, 99.1 The Whale, and 1290 WNBF) will be stationed inside an RV in the parking lot of Weis Markets, 1290 Upper Front Street in Binghamton from October 30 until the early morning hours of Monday, November 6 to collect your non-perishable food donations as well as cash or check donations.

What CHOW Can Do With Your Dollar

For every $1.00 you donate, CHOW is able to work with partnering agencies to turn that into five complete meals.

How to Give Monetary Donations

Cash donations are accepted at the Food-a-Bago food drive but checks are as well and if you plan to write a check, we ask you to make it payable to Music For The Mission, our partnering non-profit. 100 percent of donations will be given to CHOW. All donations are also tax-deductible, so if you would like a receipt, please let us know.

You can also make an online donation through this secure PayPal link.

Hours of the 2023 Food a Bago Food Drive

  • Monday through Friday, October 30 - November 3: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, November 6: 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

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