Hundreds turned out yesterday for the 30th annual CHOW Hunger Walk held on campus at Binghamton University.  Deacon Ed Blaine, CHOW Director, says a goal of $50,000 was set for this year's Walk.  CHOW (which stands for Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) annually provides thousands of needy area individuals and families with meals and non-perishable food items.

According to Deacon Blaine, "proceeds from the Walk are used to purchase food for the winter months when demand for food is high."  Along with monetary contributions walkers were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate .

Numerous volunteers help with the Walk each year.  This year over one hundred Binghamton University students donated their time to assist with event set-up, crossing-guard assistance, registration and clean-up.  In addition many students took part in the Walk itself which started behind East Gym, continued through campus to the area near the Nature Preserve and finished back at East Gym totalling about 2.5 miles.

Sodexo provided refreshments and food for walkers who finished the course and entertainment was provided by Engaged Entertainment.  Deacon Blaine says totals raised will be releasaed in a few days.  CHOW operates as part of the Broome County Council of Churches and is located at 3 Otseningo Street in Binghamton. Contributions can be made by calling (607) 724-9130.