Binghamton's north side has been without a proper grocery store for well over 20 years. This has caused well over 12,000 residents to struggle with their everyday grocery needs. Those living in a food desert are forced to do their shopping at corner stores and gas stations if they lack transportation. Larger stores have refused for years to take a chance on the north side community, that's where the Council steps in.
The Broome County Council of Churches has been in this community for over 75 years serving the hungry, elderly, sick, imprisoned, homeless and poor of Broome County. When we were approached by a local foundation in 2017 to explore the possibility of opening a grocery store on the north side, we knew we owed in the community to try.
Fast forward nearly two years and it is finally a reality! Community support has rolled in like an ocean and we are so close to our goal!
With your help, we can finally bring a sustainable solution to the north side’s food desert issue. The success of the grocery store will have a ripple effect throughout Broome County; proceeds from the store will mean more wheel chair ramps built through our Faith in Action Volunteers program, more food distributed to the hungry through our CHOW® program, more sick and incarcerated individuals ministered to through our Jail Ministry and Hospital Ministry.
Be a part of this incredible project by helping us reach our goal of $25,000. This will be used to purchase the remaining equipment needed operate this unique grocery store model. We have broke ground and are well on our way!