The Food-A-Bago food drive to benefit Broome County CHOW has happened every single year for over twenty years and we aren't about to allow a pandemic stop us from holding it again in 2020.

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The Food-A-Bago food drive will be held Monday, November 2 to Monday, November 9 in the parking lot of Weis Markets, 1290 Upper Front Street in Binghamton. We will be collecting donations Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Monday, November 9 we will be accepting donations from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The Food-A-Bag food drive has evolved in incredible ways over the years and in recent years, we were so excited to see local organizations, businesses, and individuals participate in our Shopping Cart Challenge. Unfortunately, due to state-mandated gathering regulations and restrictions, we have to pause our Shopping Cart Challenge this year, but there is another way that you can make a massive impact.

Instead of filling shopping carts full of food this year, we are encouraging anyone who previously participated in our Shopping Cart Challenge, or who hoped to this year, to tally up what they think they would have spent on a cart full of groceries and then donate that amount in cash.

We are in no way discouraging the donation of non-perishable foods, but it is important that we point out that for every $1 donated, CHOW is able to turn that into FIVE COMPLETE meals. $1 can buy a single can of soup or it can be used to provide FIVE complete meals to someone in our community who is struggling with food insecurity.

So, for someone who planned to spend $100 in our Shopping Cart Challenge, CHOW can take that $100 and turn it into 500 complete meals. For those who planned to spend $250, that translates to 1,250 complete meals and $500 translates to a staggering 2,500 complete meals. Even donating that $5 bill stuffed in the center console of your car could provide 25 complete meals (or over two weeks of meals) to someone who faces going to bed hungry unless we help them.

Traci Taylor- 2016 File Photo

We will also be accepting checks during our Food-A-Bago food drive. If you will be writing a check, please make it payable to our charity partner, Music for the Mission. When you give, your donation is tax-deductible, so please let us know if you'd like a donation receipt.

Again, the dates and times of our 2020 Food A Bago food drive to benefit Broome County CHOW are:

→ Monday, November 2 to Friday, November 6 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
→ Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
→ Monday, November 9 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Barrels will be set up outside our Olver's Campers RV in the parking lot of Weis Markets, 1290 Upper Front Street in Binghamton if you'd like to leave a donation there after hours, but do NOT leave money.

Note: monetary donations will be kept in a safe and the safe will be emptied several times a day.