Vestal students, staff and family members collect 2,250 nonperishable food items

Vestal High School students, staff and family members collected 2,250 nonperishable food items for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) during a four-week campaign that ended Friday.

The food was delivered to CHOW representatives on Friday morning. The Vestal Varsity Club and Student Government helped coordinate the Vestal drive.

Other schools in the area are collecting for CHOW as well, as it prepares for the busy holiday season.

More than 8,000 children in Broome County live in households that struggle to put food on the table. CHOW has a network of 30 food pantries in Broome County congregations and more than 30 soup kitchens and community meal programs. It distributes more than 130,000 pounds of food each month, or almost 2 million pounds of food each year.

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