2020 and the coronavirus pandemic have changed everything including concerts, sporting events, and get-togethers. Organizations have to find alternate ways to raise money that is so desperately needed to keep them going.

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September 24th would have been the 18th annual Men Who Cook Amateur Chef Competiton and Public Tasting event at the DoubleTree Hotel in Binghamton. It's the largest fundraiser of the year for the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) but COVID-19 is changing that for this year.

They are morphing their Men Who Cook chefs into Men Who CARE and introducing "Food for Thought." It's a video project that will help people cope with the stress and issues surrounding isolation.

The video will highlight the Men Who CARE chefs as they share their own experiences and give helpful coping strategies and offer the viewer "food for thought."

Men Who CARE chefs include:

Mike Boyle
Wes Campbell
Steve Cornwell
Matt Franklin
Tytus Haller
John Loftus
Dave Maione
Ryan Mead
Matt Murphy
Seth Ross
Jeff Smith
Carl Speicher
Austin Tanner
Phil Valenta
Alan Wilmarth

Along with this campaign, MHAST will work closely with other organizations to promote educational programs, webinars, and other resources aimed at supporting our community.

Things may be different because of the pandemic but that shouldn't stop us from showing CARE to those that need it now more than ever.

September is the beginning of National Suicide Awareness Month and to kick it off the "Food for Thought" video will be released on September 1st at 7 p.m. and will be available here.

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