Workers at one local business took time from their busy schedules recently to help fight hunger.
Columbian Financial Group, for the 9th straight year, held a food drive with the donations going to CHOW.
In addition to collecting food at the office, employees assembled baskets to be raffled at their annual picnic with the proceeds also benefiting CHOW.
This year the employees collected four tons of food at their Vestal office.
CHOW program Director Jack Seman says that equates to about 7,500 meals.
Seman says people underestimate the need for donations in the summer.
“A lot of people when they think of hunger, they think of the holidays, they think of Thanksgiving and Christmas. But honestly in Broome County with over 16,000 kids relying on free and reduced lunch, the summer is a time of great hunger. So we’re so grateful that this happens the time that it does, we look forward to it, and it allows us to feed a lot of kids this summer,” said Seman.
Seman says these donations will be put into meal boxes for CHOW’s summer feeding program for children.
Since its drive began in 2010, Columbian Financial has donated over 22 tons of food to CHOW.