Carversville Farm Foundation has committed to donating fifty thousand pounds of organic vegetables to low-income residents through the Bucks County Opportunity Council this year. Amidst rising poverty, the commitment will provide the County’s hungry households with essential healthful foods.
Carversville Farm Foundation (CFF), a non-profit farm in Bucks County that grows organic harvests specifically to donate to neighbors in need, made the commitment to Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC), the community action agency of Bucks County, which fights food insecurity among the county’s low-income residents and feeds over 10,000 families each year.
CFF has been donating food to BCOC since 2016, which BCOC in turn distributes to hungry households alongside other food donations, through the Fresh Connect program which is free mobile markets and its network of sixty food pantries across the County.
In recent years, CFF— which donates over 90% of its annual harvests to area soup kitchens and food pantries—has donated 30,000 pounds of food directly to BCOC.
But the Covid pandemic has raised the unemployment numbers from 4.3% to 9.7% just in Bucks County, leading to increased demand for emergency services and outstripping donations and government support.
When CFF learned of BCOC’s unmet needs to serve the local community, they made a commitment to nearly doubling this year’s donated harvests.