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UHS News Release
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Contact:  Jon Tooley, 762-2336 or community_relations@uhs.org

Published on March 25, 2014

UHS Employees Take Can-do Approach Against Hunger 

What is known as "food insecurity" is a problem people all across the country are facing.  Right here in Broome County, almost two million pounds of food is distributed each year through food pantries and soup kitchens, but that covers only 25 percent of the county's need. 

With 17 percent of Broome County residents living below the poverty line, emergency food services are doing everything they can to help families in need.  And keeping up with the demand is a real challenge. 

To help raise awareness and donations, UHS is participating in Broome County’s first-ever "Canstruction" competition.  The competition is an international hunger relief effort in which teams compete by building structures made entirely of canned food items. 

The competition started March 23 and will continue through March 30 at the Oakdale Mall, with 100 percent of the food collected being donated to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) and the Broome County Backpack program to help families right here. 

The UHS team has built a giant "MyPlate" to bring awareness to National Nutrition Month and the importance of a well-balanced meal. 

Donations of canned food were accepted for the project.

There also are MyPlate giveaways at UHS Stay Healthy.

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