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Help Fight Hunger in Bucks County

Credit: United Way of Bucks County. A volunteer helps pack meals at the 2013 Bucks Knocks Out Hunger.

Jun 13, 2014

The United Way of Bucks County is hosting Bucks Knocks Out Hunger, a huge event to fight hunger in Bucks County, at Delaware Valley College June 20 from 8 a.m. to noon. This year’s event is sponsored by First Federal of Bucks County.

About 10 percent of people in Bucks County are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meals are coming from.

The United Way of Bucks County is aiming to provide 100,000 prepackaged, shelf-stable meals to a network of 27 food pantries and six senior centers. Funds will also allow Delaware Valley College's charitable garden, Hope of the Harvest,  and Rolling Harvest Food Rescue to provide 35,000 pounds of fresh, healthy food for the pantries. Remaining funds will be donated to the pantries to obtain lean protein and other perishable items such as milk and butter that are crucial, but rarely donated.

To reach these goals, Bucks Knocks Out Hunger needs to raise about $31,000 more and find about 80 additional volunteers (numbers are as of June 12). Each meal costs only 25 cents to pack, so gifts of all sizes make a big difference. 

This is going to be a fun event that will have a real impact on people's lives.

On June 20, some volunteers will pack meals (there will be a DJ for that part of the event), while others head out to the charitable garden on campus to help with growing food for people who need it.

BKO Hunger provides nutritious meals to families and children in Bucks County, allowing for healthier families and children who do better in school. It also promotes sustainability and environmental responsibility by providing produce from local farms with environmentally friendly practices. These two elements help create a more stable, healthier community for all.

"The time is now that, as a community, we must band together and collectively impact the basic needs of people in Bucks County,” said Jamie Haddon ‘95, president/CEO of UW Bucks. “That way, those in need can further focus on other areas of their lives."

BKO Hunger still has volunteer opportunities available to help pack meals, work in the garden and DelVal greenhouses, or help publicize the event. To follow the progress of the event on Twitter, check out #BKOHunger.

How to Help:
To sign up to volunteer or to donate please visit: uwbucks.org/bkohunger.