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Round Three of Bucks Knocks Out Hunger Planned for July

Credit: Delaware Valley University. Volunteers load meals to distribute to food pantries at the 2014 Bucks Knocks Out Hunger.

May 28, 2015

The United Way of Bucks County is hosting its third annual campaign to knock out hunger in the community on July 24 at DelVal. Bucks Knocks Out Hunger seeks to eliminate hunger and food insecurity and increase access to nutritious foods for low-income children, families, and seniors. The project works with nonprofits, businesses, and networks of food pantries and local farmers to ensure that the best products are provided to pantries, at the lowest possible cost to donors.

If UW Bucks reaches its 2015 fundraising goal of $63,250, a 15% increase over last year's goal, 100,000 prepackaged, shelf-stable meals will be distributed to Bucks County Opportunity Council's network of 27 food pantries and 6 senior centers.  Additionally, both Delaware Valley University's Hope of the Harvest Charitable Garden and Rolling Harvest Food Rescue will be able to provide fresh, local produce to 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.

Donations from the public are crucial to the success of this project, and gifts of all sizes make a difference. Donations can be made online at www.uwbucks.org/bkohunger, dropped off at any First Federal of Bucks County or First Savings Bank of Perkasie, or mailed to the UW Bucks office (413 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030) with the subject line "BKO Hunger."

“In 2014, Bucks County responded to BKO Hunger with generosity and enthusiasm.   The response demonstrated that hunger is an issue that matters to many here locally, and that BKO Hunger was an approach they could get behind," explains Tim Philpot of UW Bucks.

This year’s campaign has gotten off to a strong start with a generous donation of $5,000 from First Federal of Bucks County. Other local sponsors include the Bucks County Women's Initiative, Comcast NBC Universal, Cummins, Dow Chemical, GE Water & Process Technologies, National Penn, Parx, PECO, and Stiefel. Calkins Media, including The Bucks County Courier Times and Intelligencer, serve as the official "fight promoters" for BKO Hunger.

“We believe that in a community like ours, no child should go to bed hungry,” said Marissa Christie, chief development officer for the United Way of Bucks County. “No family should have to choose between food on the table and a roof over their heads.  No older adult should have to skip meals so that they can afford medication. BKO Hunger changes everything for people in need.”

BKO Hunger provides nutrition to families and children in Bucks County, allowing for healthier families and kids 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 create a more stable, healthier community for all.

Both donors and volunteers are needed for the success of this project.  To get involved, visit uwbucks.org/BKOHunger. Donations are currently being accepted, and registration for volunteers will open on Monday, June 1.