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Summer Cohesion Program Once Again Sponsors Food Drive Challenge for Samaritan Center Food Pantry

By: K Miner

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Youth Bureauís Summer Cohesion Program will kick off its 2nd Annual Food Drive Challenge Monday, July 24, 2006. The two-week challenge will run through Friday August 4, 2006.

During this two week period, all Summer Cohesion participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items to their respective sites. All items will be donated to the Catholic Charities Samaritan Center Food Pantry. The Summer Cohesion site that collects to highest number of non-perishable canned goods will receive a pizza party at the end of the program. Last year the Summer Cohesion Food Drive Challenge netted 2600 canned food items for the pantry.

The Samaritan Center Food Pantry is the largest distributor of hunger relief in Chemung County. In 2005 the center provided food, clothing and prescription drug assistance to over 20,000 households in Chemung County.

Summer Cohesion is a summer recreational, educational and cultural enrichment program offered to Chemung County youth ages 4-12 years old. The program is enjoying its 32nd successful year serving 1350 children at 11 sites this summer. In addition, the Summer Cohesion Program is one of the largest seasonal employers in Chemung County employing up to 150 high school students, college students and teachers as staff members each summer.

The Food Drive Challenge is only one of many community service projects the Summer Cohesion Program participates in each year. Other projects include the collection and donation of items to the Chemung County SPCA which is held in conjunction with Cohesionís Furry Friends Week. Cohesion participants will also be painting and decorating boxes that will be used during the Catholic Charities March for Hunger which will be held in the fall.

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