Vestal NY Dentists Support Local Food Pantry C.H.O.W.
Vestal Dental Associates is proud to support C.H.O.W, our local food pantry.
Below is a message from Garet, a local high school student, who is helping to organize this event. We encourage everyone to attend their festival fundraiser to take place on September 29th at Arnold.
Hi my name is Garet Bleir and I am an incoming senior at Vestal High School and am founder and member of a local club called the Association of Students. The clubs first mission is to organize a festival for C.H.O.W, our local food pantry, whose mission it is to assist those who are unable to feed their families throughout Broome County. As the 10th rainiest city in the U.S., Binghamton and the surrounding area are no stranger to flooding. As you know, in 2006 a flood ravaged our area, destroying and washing away many homes. Many either suffered personally or know of a friend or family member who did. The community came together and stayed strong as we were told that this was a once in a lifetime flood. But that was not the case. Again in 2011 the floodwaters came damaging or destroying 2408 homes and forcing the evacuation of 23139 people out of what was declared by Washington, a disaster area. These disasters accompanied by the closing of companies in our area such as IBM has caused the community to suffer. Broome County as of January 2013 has 10.1% of its population out of work and unemployed; much greater than the national average of 7.9% unemployment. C.H.O.W through its network of 30 food pantries located throughout Broome County along with 30 plus soup kitchens and community food programs is able to distribute 130,000 pounds of food per month, however without the communities continual help the community will go hungry. To help C.H.O.W on their mission, I am organizing a festival fundraiser to take place on September 29th at Arnold. I am working with CHOW and my team of 40 students ranging from incoming sophomores in Highschool to incoming juniors in college. For the festival we hope to have bands and other entertainment such as magicians and irish dancers, food vendors, games for kids, and tables for businesses to advertise their product or service.
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