On the heels of the successful FOOD-A-BAGO food drive that raised thousands of dollars and OVER 4 TONS of food for CHOW last week, local government offices in Binghamton are preparing to launch their annual challenge to help feed the hungry.

Photo by Sen. Fred Akshar's office

The City of Binghamton, Broome County and New York State offices are trying to outdo each other in raising food donations in their lobbies from November 15 to the 19th.

The Government Plaza Thanksgiving Food Challenge has been taking place for the past several years and pits the government offices against each other in a friendly competition for the “Golden Yam” award.

Barrels for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse will be in the lobbies of each of the government office buildings and are accessible from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  At the end of the week, items from each building will be tallied to see which group collects the food. The winner will be announced November 22nd.

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According to organizers, 11,000 meals could be provided to families in need during last year’s efforts.  Of course, that came during the height of office shut-downs and closures due to the pandemic.  The 18-story State Office Building came out on top in 2020.

People who want to play along and don’t want to drop off food donations can make a contribution online at www.broomecouncil.net/donate. 

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