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Nonprofits launch coordinated center to distribute food


St. Mary Medical Center, Bucks County Opportunity Council and United Way of Bucks County, with the support of Penn Community Bank, announce the launch of a new 8,000-square-foot space for a heathy eating and living partnership named the Help Center.

The new site, located in Bristol Borough, will provide food and other necessities to residents county-wide. Items will be distributed through food pantries, Fresh Connect free mobile farm markets, and existing distribution points. The site is not open to the public.

St. Mary will use the center for distributing food resources for their weekend meal program.

Bucks County Opportunity Council, the county’s lead food agency, will use the Help Center as central distribution for dry goods. The COVID-19 outbreak has increased need with hundreds of new families waiting in long lines for food. According to CEO Erin Lukoss, the HELP Center will increase the Opportunity Council’s capacity.

United Way of Bucks County will eventually relocate its existing in-kind goods distribution to the new site. The in-kind gifts program typically provides home goods. While COVID is a concern, the local United Way will focus exclusively on urgently needed items like donated toilet paper, diapers, and cleaning supplies.

Penn Community Bank is providing financial support to launch the project.