BINGHAMTON (WBNG)-- Food insecurity continues to plague many families in the Southern Tier, and as June marks National Dairy Month Price Chopper and Market 32 are teaming up with the American Dairy Association North East to support the Fill a Glass With Hope program.
Throughout the month of June shoppers at Price Chopper stores can round up their change at checkout to donate and make milk products available to individuals in need.
This program began in 2015, and Binghamton Price Chopper Store Manager, Rich Brown said, as a company, Price Chopper has donated $170,000 which is equal to 35,000 gallons of milk. A perishable food item Brown said is essential on any shopping list.
"It's the number one thing on everyone's shopping list you always have the milk, you always have eggs, bread and milk are always the first things on there," said Brown. "I think that dairy, milk, in particular, is a very perishable item so it's the least amount donated to the programs and that why we wanted to make it a focus."
As a result of spikes in food insecurities throughout the pandemic Director of Warehouse Operations at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Dave Patterson said there's been an increase in the number of individuals who take advantage of the food bank. But he said food insecurity will continue to affect the community for years to come.
"We will continue to see a need for years to come, said Patterson. "I think the impacts may be different than what they typically were but we are thankful the U.S Government has stepped up and NYS as well through Nourish NY or Snap EBT benefits."