United Way of Bucks County is calling on community members to help close the gap for its annual hunger-fighting initiative, Bucks Knocks Out Hunger.
The nonprofit still needs $20,000 in donations to meet its fundraising goal and continue providing hunger relief to families in Bucks County.
BKO Hunger was facing a much larger deficit until a local couple recently donated $30,000. Now, the United Way feels optimistic.
“We were really concerned about closing such a big gap, but now we feel like we’re back in the game,” said Tim Philpot, Director of Health at United Way of Bucks County. “This is the time to show your support and help fight hunger if you haven’t already. Together, we can make this happen before the 4th of July.”
The nonprofit stresses the importance of BKO Hunger now, as the rising cost of groceries is causing more local families to become food-insecure. Funds raised for the project provide nutritious options like fresh produce, eggs, and dairy to local pantries, senior centers, and Fresh Connect.
“There’s never been a more urgent need to source and donate the healthiest locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and organic proteins,” said Cathy Snyder, founder and executive director of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, a local organization that uses BKO funds to connect local farmers with neighbors in need.
“So many of our neighbors continue to struggle amidst rising food costs, transportation costs, loss of government safety nets, and other challenges to feed their families well. This is what you are supporting when you give to BKO Hunger,” Snyder added.
Donations can be made at www.uwbucks.org/bkohunger or by mailing a check to United Way of Bucks County, 413 Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills, PA 19030, with BKO Hunger in the memo line.
Bucks Knocks Out Hunger is presented by Penn Community Bank and is sponsored by Bucks County Community College, Comcast, NJM Insurance Group, Parx Casino, PECO, St Philips Episcopal Church, Suez, and Wegman’s.