Notice for Requesting Bids for FSMC/Vended Meals

CHOP Out Hunger
Attention: Vended Meal Service

CHOP Out Hunger, a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), is requesting bids from food service management companies for vended meal service.

Specifications may be obtained from Dani Ruhf (dani@chopouthunger.org).

All bids must be submitted no later than 5/10/24.

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CHOP’s 2023 Summer Fun Programs

We’re excited to offer two Summer Fun Programs that are free for kids ages 8-17. Both locations will offer lunch, snacks, and daily activities. See the information below. Help us plan ahead by registering your child(ren) today!

☀️Towanda Summer Fun Program

☀️Sullivan County Summer Fun Program

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Journey Fitness Goes the Extra Mile to Raise Funds for CHOP

Journey Fitness Sayre is excited to announce Fitness for a Cause, a series of three Spartan Races, which help raise funds for Child Hunger Outreach Partners (CHOP). The goal is to raise $10,000 to fight child hunger in our local communities.

Participants have the opportunity to participate in any of the following events:

  • Tough Mudder 5K, 10K, 15K and Infinity: September 10-11
  • Citizens Bank Park Spartan Stadion: September 17
  • Tri-State NJ Tri-fecta: October 1-2
  • DEKA World Championships: November 20

These events are open to everyone so you can join the fight against childhoold hunger.  This is not just for Journey members. 30% of every race entry will be donated to CHOP when participants use the Fitness for a Cause race code. In addition, participants will receive course coaching from the Journey Fitness coaches.

To learn more or to participate in one of the events, please click here or visit Journey Fitness Sayre’s Facebook page.

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Honor Scooter during the Memorial Food Drive

Child Hunger Outreach Partners (CHOP) is honored to be the recipient of Scooter’s Food Drive that will run Feb. 14 through March 18, 2022. Funds and non-perishable food items collected during the drive will benefit CHOP’s programs, including In-School Pantries, the Backpack Program, Pop Up Pantries and Summer Meal Program.

Bill Joseph Snyder, III, known as Scooter to many, was deeply dedicated to the community, including to Stuff The Bus, which helps CHOP collect nonperishable food each fall.

“Dani Ruff, of CHOP, identified the winter months as being their slowest donation time. We wanted to carry on with something that was so important to Bill, had a list of people that he wanted to memorialize with a food drive, now we will hold this one for him. We hope that future food drives will honor both Bill and someone from his list.”

“Scooter’s involvement in Stuff The Bus was vital to the success of the event,” shared Dani Rufh, CHOP CEO and Founder. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Scooter, but are all simply better for knowing him.”

Donations of nonperishable good will be accepted at drop boxes at each of  the following businesses:

  • Jones’ Store in Warren Center, Pa.
  • Friendship Star Quilt Shop and FWF Wellness in Sayre, Pa.
  • Oalmer Manufactured Homes in Waverly, N.Y.
  • Ad Graphics in Milan, Pa.
  • Western Alliance Emergency Services in Troy, Pa.
  • The Hair Mill and Wysox Merchant Center in Wysox, Pa.

Online donations are also being accepted as part of the drive and can be made by clicking here.

If a business or organization would like to be a donation drop-off site or if anyone would like to volunteer to help with Scooter’s Food Drive, contact Liz Terwilliger at 570-731-0822 or email.

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Purse Lotto Every Day In February!

Child Hunger Outreach Partners (CHOP) will be hosting Purse Lotto during the month of February to help raise funds for our programs.

“I got the idea from purse bingos that I see organizations do. Our service area is so large, and I wanted to be able to include everyone, so we went with a virtual model. Now, I have people from all over the country participating!” said Dani Ruhf, Executive Director/Founder.

Tickets are 2 for $25, with no cap on ticket purchases. All proceeds stay local to help children through our Backpack Program, In-School Pantries, Summer Meals and Pop Up Pantries.

Live drawings begin Feb. 1 and are held daily all month long. Non-local winners will have their purse shipped to them.

To look at the purses, visit the Purse Lotto Facebook group. Winners will be posted nightly in the group.

To purchase tickets for the event, visit www.chopouthunger.org/take-action/purse-lotto/ 

“The majority of our funding comes from grants, but we use the purse lotto money to fill in the gaps or to run programs that pop up, or to bring on new schools quickly before funding has been established.  We can feed a child for a month for $5 so every purse lotto ticket equates to five children,” said Ruhf.

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CHOP Team Updates

Stephanie Clark – Program Manager of Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties, PA

We are saddened to announce that Stephanie Clark is relocating. In her short time at CHOP, she: grew the program from one county to three counties, built a large, solid volunteer base that supports our operations today, led a warehouse relocation and expansion, and fed over 1,000 children each weekly.

We are so thankful for all that she has dedicated to CHOP and our communities. She is an irreplaceable member of our team and we’ll miss her terribly.

We are excited to Nick Montoro, Development Associate

Nick Montoro joined the team on June 1 as Development Associate. As a recent graduate of Temple University, Nick will be leading events, marketing, and donor relations for CHOP.

“After four years of undergrad at Temple University, my experiences have allowed me to uncover a strong personal desire to serve others.

Upon graduating this past May and finally beginning my professional career, I like to introduce myself as an extremely motivated young philanthropist striving to make a positive impact on the lives of many!

I am extremely grateful and honored to take my first career step with Child Hunger Outreach Partners. The mission is something that really hits home and aligns with all my professional and personal values of service.

I truly look forward to getting started with the team and integrating myself into their amazing community.”

Click here to see the full CHOP Team.

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Merely the Best Bike Raffle

Our generous friends at Merely The Best are raffling a bike as a fundraiser for Child Hunger Outreach Partners.

Each ticket is $10, which allows us to feed 10 children for a weekend

Tickets can be purchased online or at Merely The Best in Eagles Mere. The drawing will be held on Labor Day, Sept. 6!

Click here to see a photo of the bike and to purchase tickets online.

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#CHOPOutHunger Annual Golf Tournament Raises $14,000

When a global pandemic kicked off just two years ago and the idea of hosting charitable golf tournaments began to wither away, we never thought that we’d have to wait so long to see all of our great supporters for a jam packed, in-person event. But that’s exactly what happened after COVID-19 put the world on hold and left us without any sense of normalcy for nearly 730 days.

All of that was forgotten on the morning of May 23, in a very optimistic 2021, when a joyful Dani Ruhf, CHOP CEO, CHOP staff, tournament sponsors, and golf teams tee’d off at Eagles Mere Country Club.

With greater excitement and bigger smiles than usual, everyone was ready for the fairways and greens, great food, and most of all, the opportunity to support a great cause while playing a round of golf. 

“I can’t even begin to explain just how happy I am to be back to normalcy and able to spend some quality time with our supporters,” said Ruhf, who started Child Hunger Outreach Partners back in 2018. “You never understand how important outings like these are until they are gone. We waited way too long to get back to this point but in the end our staff, our supporters, this club, and our incredibly generous sponsors never flinched with their support. Many of us went through some of our most troubling times within these past two years but thankfully enough, we were able to stick together and work through it. Everyone involved with CHOP has a fearless attitude and a giving spirit. That’s what makes this all possible!”

The first golf tournament of 2021 was just as grand as expected, led by Golden Plate sponsor Ace Robbins.

The day kicked things off with a traditional shot gun start, and some high quality play immediately ensued. 

Chris Collins won the 50/50 raffle, a total of $400 and he graciously donated it back to CHOP.

Overall, the day was nothing short of a major success! Many children will be helped because of the amazingly generous efforts offered by each and every participant. Together we raised $14,000!

Huge thank you to all of our sponsors: Ace Robbins, Icon, Inc, MAC Builders & Design Inc, Pop’s Flagstone, Wyalusing Valley Children’s Center, PS Band-Wyalusing, Wilder Diamond Blades, and Formula 1 Feeds, Inc. 

2021 Sponsors Include:

  • Ace Robbins, Inc – $5000
  • Industrial Construction Services & Design – ICON – $3000
  • MAC Builders & Design, Inc. – $1300
  • Wyalusing Valley Children’s Center, Inc. – $800
  • Wysox Children’s Center
  • Sullivan County PreK
  • Formula 1 Feeds – $750
  • Frank Construction – $750
  • PSBank – $500
  • Wilder Diamond Blades – $500
  • Rolling Souls -$250
  • Wysox Animal Clinic -$250
  • Sheldon Funeral Homes – $250
  • NAPA AUTO PARTS – $250
  • Shores Auto Sales, Inc. – $250
  • Bubbly Pup Grooming and Pet Supply – $250
  • FCCB – $200
  • Francis McCarty Insurance Agency – $125
  • Community Cup Coffee & Tea House – $125
  • Trowbridge & Co. Wealth Management Group – $125
  • The Sullivan Review – $125
  • Fitzpatrick and Lambert Inc. – $125
  • Central Pennsylvania Insurance Group – $100
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