Today is day two of our annual Food-A-Bago at the Weis on Upper Front Street in Binghamton where we are collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for CHOW.

At my previous job, I was involved in a couple of food drives a year. I get a great feeling knowing that I'm helping to feed the hungry in our area. Even though I hate to beg, I realize that it's all about making people aware of the hunger issues that some people face in the Southern Tier.

CHOW states that over 16,000 children in Broome County alone rely on free food and reduced lunches from their schools. When school is on break, they don't get those meals. There are also seniors that can't afford food and there are everyday people like you and me who end up with an unexpected medical bill or repair bill, that puts them in a situation where they might not have money to purchase groceries.

So if I can encourage people that listen to the Whale every day to make a donation, regardless of how small, then I'm fine with begging.

I have friends that will ask me about the Food A Bago and say; 'wow that sucks you're stuck in the camper every day of the week for seven or eight days'. And my response to that is that I really don't mind doing it. If it keeps people from starving, I don't mind doing it at all.

So please, do what you can. I always say every little bit helps and it truly does. Even just a box of pasta helps because CHOW will put that with a plastic jar of sauce that someone else donated and that is a meal for four people.

CHOW also accepts monetary donations. CHOW can buy four meals for $1. So even if you can only afford a dollar, you are still helping to feed a family of four one meal.

The Food A Bago, brought to you by Music for the Mission, is taking place right now at the Weis Market on Upper Front Street in Binghamton. Look for the camper in the front parking lot provided by Hillcrest RV and please, do whatever you can to help.

On behalf of all the people who benefit from the food donated to CHOW, Thank you!

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