On the heels of a record-breaking collection of food and monetary donations for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, new CHOW director Jack Semans is the guest on the weekly, local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up November 18.

Semans was promoted to the director position only a few months ago but has a long history with CHOW.  He says he started as a volunteer and moved up the ranks to oversee operations in the warehouse, work on tech. support and now into administration.

Semans offers an interesting insight into the well-organized operation of the massive CHOW warehouse.  People may not realize how all the food is organized and inventoried before it goes on the warehouse shelves.

The new CHOW director also discusses food insecurity issues in the Southern Tier and difficulties some people have just asking for help.

In spite of the recent conclusion of the CHOW Food-a-Bago, which collected 6.6 tons of food and over $1,000 in cash, checks and gift cards, Semans says the warehouse will go through those supplies very quickly.  He adds, though, that events like the Food-a-Bago serve a second purpose in raising awareness and generating a conversation about food insecurity.

For more information about CHOW go to www.broomecouncil.net/chow or call (607) 724-9130.

Southern Tier Close Up can be heard Saturdays at 12:10 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.

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