Bucks Knocks Out Hunger will be held at Delaware Valley College June 20

May 07, 2014

United Way of Bucks County is hosting its second annual Bucks Knocks Out Hunger food packing event June 20 at Delaware Valley College from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. First Federal of Bucks County is this year's sponsor. The event aims  to provide nutritious meals to members of the community who are 'food insecure,'  meaning they don't know where their next meal is coming from.  

For 60 years, UW Bucks has been improving lives in Bucks County by uniting donors, advocates and volunteers around the common good.  United Way programs focus on the building blocks for a good life: a quality education, a stable income, and good health.  Programs touch more than one in five lives in Bucks County each year.

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

Bucks Knocks Out Hunger is in its second year, with more ambitious goals and more opportunities to get involved.

“In 2013, Bucks County responded to BKO Hunger with generosity and enthusiasm. The response demonstrated that food insecurity was an issue that matters to many here locally, and that BKO was an approach they could get behind," explained Tim Philpot, director of community impact at UW Bucks.

If BKO Hunger reaches its fundraising goal of $55,000, this event will provide 100,000 prepackaged, shelf-stable meals to Bucks County Opportunity Council's network of 27 food pantries and six senior centers. These funds will also allow DelVal's Hope of the Harvest charitable garden and Rolling Harvest Food Rescue to provide 35,000 pounds of fresh produce to the pantries. Remaining funds will be donated to the pantries to obtain lean protein and other perishable items that are crucial, but rarely donated. The event is similar to last year's, but on a larger scale.

To achieve these goals, BKO Hunger needs volunteers for the event on June 20. There are many ways to get involved:

• Meal Packing: Work in the assembly line to weigh, pack and seal dry meals

• Project Assistants: Ensure meal packing tables run smoothly, including helping with set up, re-supplying materials and clean up

• Glove and Hair Net Distribution: Make sure all participants have gloves, hair nets, aprons, and other supplies

• Loading and Unloading: Load finished packages from the production floor to vehicles and keep tables stocked with materials

• Greenhouse Prep: Assist DelVal staff with greenhouse prep by moving planting benches, laying stone and laying ground fabric

• Field work at DelVal Main Campus: Assist DelVal staff in the fields with weeding, mulching, summer pruning and other tasks

• Field work at DelVal Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture: Assist DelVal staff at the Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture in North Wales with vegetable production, planting and weeding

• Photographers: Document the project, for use on and offline

• Twitter Corps: Leverage the power of social media to raise awareness about hunger issues. Volunteers should tweet using #BKOHunger (can be done on or off site)

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