The biggest fundraising event of the year, the Broome County CHOW program will be a virtual walk this fall.

Speaking with Les Aylesworth, the Director of CHOW, on WNBF’s First News Binghamton on Monday, we learned that because of the corona virus, the annual CHOW walk will be a virtual walk this year.

Les said “historically the CHOW walk has been the big fundraiser for CHOW throughout the year, it’s where we are able to generate the most income”

In addition to raising money for the program to help feed our neighbors, Aylesworth says “it also raises awareness about hunger in our community, and it’s a great way to get outside and get some exercise”

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The walk will take place over a period of days, October 1 through October 9, and you can choose to walk a quarter of a mile in any location you would like, a park, rail trails, your neighborhood, even on a treadmill in your own home, wherever you feel safe and comfortable.

Participants are asked to practice social distancing and safety protocols.

Les said the one quarter mile that people are being asked to walk, represents the 1 out of 4 children in Broome County, that do not know where their next meal is coming from.

Aylesworth says we are encouraging participants to take pictures and videos, and upload them on social media, to let others know what they are doing, and why it’s important to them.

Those who would not be available to participate in the Virtual CHOW Walk during the event dates, are welcome to walk earlier, if more convenient.

Les said with so many people out of work due to the pandemic, the need for food has greatly increased in our community.

Every dollar raised can provide five meals in the community.

Join us for the Virtual CHOW Walk 2020, October 1st  through the 9th

For more information and to sign up click HERE

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