Monday and Tuesday were slow days for food donations with our annual Food-A-Bago food Drive for Broome County Chow, but it's usually that way as we try to get the word out.

Wednesday through the end of our food drive usually fares much better. Some years, we get inundated with food donations, some years it's just a light year, but however it turns out, the fact our community donated what they did, is a testament to the commitment of helping our neighbors in need.

This year so far is an average year, but we are hoping for lots of visits and donations as we get into the weekend. Below, you will see some of the items Broome County CHOW is looking for. Even if it's only one item, we certainly appreciate it.

Food-A-Bago continues through Monday. We have staff in the Hillcrest RV camper from 6am to 6pm Thursday and Friday, 8am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday, and 6am to 10am on Monday. Thanks to Fidelis Care for helping us make this food drive a success!

Here is a list of what is needed most.

Fruit & Vegetable Group
• Canned vegetables
• Vegetable juice
• Diced tomatoes
• Tomato juice
• Tomato sauce
• Spaghetti sauce
• Canned fruit (in its own juice)
• Fruit juice (100%)
• Dried fruit
• Shelf-stable fruit cups

Grain Group
• Oatmeal
• Whole grain crackers
• All types of pasta
• Low sugar cereal
• Cream Of Wheat
• Whole grain rice

Protein Group
• Canned tuna fish
• Canned salmon
• Canned chicken
• Canned bean soup
• Canned baked beans
• Dried and canned beans and peas
• Canned chili
• Canned beef stew
• Peanut butter
• Nuts

Milk Group
• Dry milk
• Evaporated milk
• Boxed shelf-stable milk

· Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
· Tuna and canned meat
· Peanut butter
· Canned foods with pop-top lids
· Low-sugar cereals
· 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes
· Canned fruit packed in juice
· Canned vegetables (low salt)

Infants:
Powdered infant milk or soy based formulas (WIC-approved preferred)
Baby cereal
Baby fruits
Baby vegetables
Baby Meats

Toddlers:
Canned fruits, preferably packed in juice with no added sugar
Canned vegetables, preferably low sodium or no salt added
Canned beans such as black, red, pink, pinto beans, black-eyed peas, pigeon peas, garbanzos
Shelf stable foods designed for toddlers such as Stage 3, Graduates, etc.

Other Critical Need Items

Meals: Beef stew, canned soup (reduced sodium varieties), chili, other canned meals

Other: Nutritional drinks (ex: Ensure, Boost)

Baby Food: Must be in complete, undamaged original packaging. No individual serving glass or plastic containers unless in an unopened case.

Non-food Items: Diapers