(BROOME COUNTY, NY) – With overwhelming support from the community, Holiday Giving Boxes will help provide 255 complete holiday meals to local families this week after reaching a fundraising goal of $11,250, $3,750 more than last year’s goal. Representatives from all partner agencies, including the Office of Assemblywoman Lupardo, County Executive Garnar, CHOW, Cornell Cooperative Extension, The Leadership Alliance, and Broome-Tioga BOCES joined together at the Broome County Regional Farmer’s Market to pack and then deliver boxes to families across Broome County.
Each box includes a turkey, stuffing, corn, squash, cranberry sauce, and sparkling cider, along with locally grown potatoes, carrots, and onions from local farmers, as well as cookies purchased from local vendors. An online fundraiser was set up to support the initiative, with a goal of raising enough to provide holiday meals to 225 families. An additional 30 boxes were distributed to local veterans using funds from the Broome County Veterans Project. Thanks to generous donor support, in total, over 1,250 people were provided a nutritious holiday meal through this initiative.