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CHILDHOOD HUNGER AWARENESS WEEK


June 1-7, 2014 is Childhood Hunger Awareness Week in Broome County.

Hunger prevents children from reaching their full potential. It’s an epidemic that’s threatening America’s future and seriously impacts children throughout the Southern Tier. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is a proud member of the Broome County Child Hunger Taskforce to increase awareness for childhood hunger in Broome County.

The Broome County Child Hunger Taskforce is raising awareness in the community about this critical problem by declaring the week of June 1-7, 2014 Childhood Hunger Awareness Week in Broome County.

Join us at 6:00pm Thursday, June 5th for a FREE screening of A Place At The Table in the Binghamton High School auditorium.

Special thanks to WSKG Radio & Wegmans!
   
Consider these facts:

  •    Approximately 23% of Broome County children under the age of 18 (~9,400) live in poverty.
  •    More than 8,000 (21%) children in Broome live in households that struggle to put food on the table
  •    Of the more than 13,000 Broome children enrolled in free/reduced price meals (47% of the all students), only 14% (1,893) received meals during the summer
  •    Nearly ½ of all people who use SNAP (Food Stamps) are children

Partnerships between non-profits, health care, education, business and government all play an important role in solving this issue. Special thanks to the following organizations for their commitment to the fight against childhood hunger and support for Broome County's Childhood Hunger Awareness Week.

Community Partner Organizations
Binghamton City School District
Broome County Health Department
Broome - Tioga BOCES
Catholic Charities of Broome County
CHOW - Broome County Council of Churches
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Food and Health Network
UHS

Take Action – You Can Help Fight Childhood Hunger in Your Community

Volunteer
   Form a team for Wendy’s Walk for Kids in August 2014
   Form a team for the CHOW Hunger Walk in October 2014
   For more volunteer ideas visit the Food Bank website
Advocate
   Advocate for policies that help Americans struggling with hunger
Share Your Story
   Share Your Story to be a part of the Food Bank’s Feed Hope Hunger Awareness Campaign
Participate in the Summer Food Service Program - Check the following websites to find a site near you
   http://batchgeo.com/map/e00313e79b4005d557581192a6ac6feb
   http://www.firstcallforhelp.info/program_view.aspx?pid=5346

Learn More

Map the Meal Gap Link – Food Insecurity in Your County
Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Corporation for National & Community Service
Hunger Solutions New York

CONTACT US
388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4

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