The Bucks County Opportunity Council recently added a new, “touch-free” home delivery service to its county-wide Food Program in order to assist Bucks County residents who are unable to safely leave their homes due to COVID-19. With the help of dedicated volunteers, BCOC is delivering emergency food boxes each week.
“This program is intended for people who are extremely vulnerable to COVD-19 and are therefore unable to visit our partner food pantries, Fresh Connect, or grocery stores. Our priority is to deliver to seniors and/or people with disabilities and applicants must live in Bucks County,” explained Heather Foor, BCOC’s Food Program manager.
To apply for delivery, visit BCOC’s homepage, bcoc.org. Those without access to a computer can call Foor at 215-345-8175 x213.
Deliveries will be made on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and applicants must fill out the form before noon on Sundays for the upcoming week. Applicants receive an email confirmation when the application is received, and their information is placed in the queue for delivery on the next available day. The driver calls ahead when he/she is en route.
Due to high demand, orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications completed after the Sunday noon deadline will be placed in the queue for the following week.
In addition to the new service, BCOC continues to operate its free, Fresh Connect sites in Bristol, Warminster and Ottsville weekly, and families are asked to visit one of these sites if they can safely leave their home. Since the start of the pandemic, Fresh Connect has grown from assisting 400 families to about 1,200. For locations and more information, visit Fresh Connect: bcoc.org/i-need-help-with/food-2/fresh-connect/
Food is also available at over 60 BCOC food pantry partner sites that continue to operate. Visit bcoc.org/i-need-help-with/food-2/food-pantries-and-hours/
for a map and contact information throughout the county.