The Council of Churches collects donations for a Northside grocery store


The Broome County Council of Churches is asking for help with securing funding for its upcoming project. 

The Council of Churches is currently collecting donations through USA Today Network’s “A Community Thrives Initiative” for the grocery store that will be going in on Binghamton’s Northside.

Located in the Canal Plaza at the former location of Big Lots, the not for profit store will be run by the Council of Churches with the proceeds going toward other community projects.

Executive Director Joe Sellepack says the Northside has been a food desert for too long. “What we’re hoping to do is not only give them access to quality food. But give them access to food that is priced below the retail level so they’re able to expand the amount of money that they have for food in their family. Giving them a better chance of being able to supply their own needs.”

The council of churches is looking to reach its goal of $25,000 in donations.

To donate, visit their CrowdRise page here:

The organization that receives the highest number of donations will receive an additional $3,000.

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