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VINES volunteers provide free community meal at United Presbyterian Church

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The weekly community meal at United Presbyterian Church received a little help from volunteers dedicated to improving the area.

The organization called Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environment or VINES stepped in to help out.

Their volunteers were working since 12:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday to cook and serve the meal for the evening.

The United Presbyterian Church serves free community meals weekly.

VINES provides the meal about every four months.

“Everyone has to eat food, and it’s a great way to connect with people,” says Giavanna Townsend, VINES Program Assistant. “It’s a great way to stop what you’re doing for a second and really enjoy each other, get to know each other, because it’s important for us to know who we’re serving and to understand the needs of our community.”

VINES strives to improve local quality of life by developing sustainable food systems.

Providing fresh and locally sourced food to those in need is one way they do so.

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