Even after 20 years, I am still in awe of the number of people who take time out of their busy days to stop by our annual Food-A-Bago Food Drive for Broome County CHOW to donate what they can.

A dollar, a box of pasta, or many of each. Every dollar and food item counts. Most people don't realize how much food Broome County CHOW goes through to help families in the area.

Their services are for anyone who is going through financial difficulties. A person may have been financially stable, and then there comes a job loss, a medical issue, or whatever that deeply affects their income. The balance between paying the bills and putting food on the table is a tough one.

So, every year, we do what we can to help stock the panties at Broome County CHOW with our Food-A-Bago Food Drive with Music For The Mission and GHS. And after the first two days, I can happily report that we are off to a great start, thanks to people like you in our community who have stopped by our Oliver's Camper located in the Weis Food Market parking lot at 1290 Upper Front Street Binghamton with a donation.

Traci Taylor

One tale from this year's Food-a-Bago drive had Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and Executive Assistant Chris Whalen coming to the rescue, preventing part of a large food donation from being ruined. 

As the rain began to fall about 11 am on Tuesday, with the boxes of pasta, baking mix, and cereal among the donations on the tailgate of the CHOW truck, the pair arrived with their own donation of groceries just in time and were put to work climbing into the back of the truck and making short work of getting anything in boxes that might be ruined by the rain safely under cover and in the bins in the truck. We very much appreciated the help!

When you drop by, you will notice that we are now placing donated non-perishable food items directly into a large Broome County CHOW truck. And there is a lot of room for food. We want to fill it up and have until Monday morning November 7th to make that goal a reality.

We can give you ideas on what types of food CHOW is looking for when you stop by, or you can simply make a monetary donation. Every dollar donated equals five meals.

Some people and businesses are also conducting the grocery cart challenge. Fill up a grocery cart full of non-perishable items and then challenge a friend, family member, co-worker, or business. It's all to help families in need.

Food-A-Bago 2022

By the way, if you can't make it to our main location on Upper Front Street, we have Broome County CHOW barrels set up for your non-perishable food donations at Gary's U Pull It on Colesville Road Binghamton and 21st Century Pools & Spas on the Vestal Parkway, Vestal.

Check out some of the pictures of the 2022 Food-A-Bago Food Drive below. Are you in one of them?

Food-A-Bago 2022

Food-A-Bago 2022

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