First Federal of Bucks County Sponsors BKO Hunger 2014
Jun 10, 2014
Courtesy: The United Way of Bucks County. From left: Marissa Christie, senior vice president of marketing and communications of the United Way of Bucks County; Jeane M. Coyle, First Federal of Bucks County president/CEO; Jamie Haddon '95, president and CEO of the United Way of Bucks County and William L. Larkin, First Federal of Bucks County Board of Directors chairman.
The same week that the United Way of Bucks County distributed the last of its 2013 Bucks Knocks Out Hunger donations to Bucks County Housing Group's Penndel food pantry, they received an amazing donation to keep the ball rolling. First Federal of Bucks County donated a generous $10,000 to the Bucks Knocks Out Hunger project for 2014.
"First Federal of Bucks County is proud to sponsor the United Way's Bucks Knocks Out Hunger 2014," explained the President/CEO of First Federal, Jeane M. Coyle. "As a local community bank, we want to help those who are not food secure in our own Bucks County neighborhoods. Recent research shows that food insecurity is becoming more of a problem, making this support for Bucks County residents even more important.”
This donation got the ball rolling for BKO Hunger 2014. Last year, the project raised $48,000, packed 100,000 meals and distributed the rest of the money to Bucks County Opportunity Council and Rolling Harvest Food Rescue. The Bucks County Opportunity Council was able to buy items for their pantries that are not typically donated, but greatly needed, such as lean meat and fish. Rolling Harvest provided more than 14,000 pounds of fresh produce from Bucks County farms to Bucks County pantries.
In 2014, BKO Hunger's fundraising goal increased by almost 35 percent. The new goal of $55,000 will provide 100,000 meals and 30,000 pounds of local produce thanks to Delaware Valley College's Hope of the Harvest and Rolling Harvest Food Rescue.
"First Federal of Bucks County made a huge impact with their sponsorship, and now BKO Hunger needs the help of the Bucks County community," said Katie Pilot, a marketing assistant for the United Way of Bucks County. "The project is still $30,000 away from its goal with ten days to go. And with one in ten Bucks County residents unsure of where their next meal is coming from, that's a goal that needs to be met."
How to help: Please visit uwbucks.org/bkohunger to sign up to volunteer, or, to donate.