There will be plenty more plates for hungry Broome County families, courtesy of a $15,000 donation Friday by Weis Markets to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.

A gift-wrapped palette stacked with non-perishable food from Weis for those in need was also loaded aboard a CHOW truck Friday outside the grocery store on Front Street in the Town of Chenango. Altogether, the donations are expected to help serve 60,000 meals.

This is the sixth year Weis has teamed with CHOW during the holiday season.

“CHOW makes a huge difference in this community,” Jennifer Sands, Weis communications specialist, said Friday. “We always want to give back.”

Established in 1976, CHOW is operated through the Broome County Council of Churches and distributes food through a network of food pantries, soup kitchens and other community meal programs.

The program distributes about 2 million pounds of food each year. About one-third of the food distribution through CHOW takes place between November and January.

On Friday, CHOW Director Michael Leahey said the food Weis collected and donated will play a key role in helping ensure everyone gets fed this year.

“The holiday season is always a good time to donate,” Leahey said. “We rely on these donations to help us feed people.”

For the complete article, go to http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/2014/12/19/weis-chow-hunger-holidays/20641043/


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