International Paper donates specially marked boxes to CHOW

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A local cardboard box producer is using its materials to help feed hungry people in our area.

International Paper in Conklin has donated over 2,000 specially marked boxes to CHOW.

The containers are painted white and include the CHOW logo.

The boxes will be used to help distribute food from CHOW to families in our area that need it.

CHOW Executive Director Jack Seman says over 16,000 children in Broome County rely on free or reduced school lunches.

The boxes will help feed those families over the summer.

“The businesses that we partner with we are so grateful for.  International Paper has made such a difference, not just with the boxes that they’ve donated, but also a $5,000 grant that helps cover vehicle maintenance, fuel, and insurance costs,” said Seman.

International Paper Plant General Manager Donald Bonualas said, “We wanted to help out our community to see how we could benefit and help the needs of the local community from a box plant standpoint.”

The boxes will also be used this weekend as part of CHOW’s partnership with the US Postal Service.

On Saturday, people are encouraged to leave a bag of food out by their mailbox for letter carriers to pick up and donate to CHOW.

The organization is looking to distribute 2.3 million pounds of food in 2018.

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