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Help still needed to Knock Out Hunger in Bucks

The United Way of Bucks County was about $24,000 short of its $85,000 goal, which will allow it to package 150,000 meals for local food pantries and senior centers. On June 21, hundreds of volunteers will pack those meals for delivery.

When local nonprofit United Way of Bucks County established Bucks Knocks Out Hunger seven years ago, it was with the intent of raising over $35,000 to provide food assistance to those in need.

The most cost-effective way of providing healthy, shelf-stable meals was to engage volunteers to pack them.

This year, Bucks Knocks Out Hunger aims to raise at least $85,000 — and will engage 700 volunteers in the fight against hunger. Beginning Friday, volunteers will make over 150,000 meals to be distributed through local food pantries and senior centers.

Organizers say that what started as an efficient and inexpensive way to make meals has evolved into a volunteer event that engenders incredible loyalty and community support.

Among those loyal supporters are many area businesses, who not only support the program financially, but who also send volunteers to pack meals at the event.

Todd Hurley, executive vice president and chief relationship officer of Penn Community bank said, “Penn Community Bank team members understand the importance of a nutritious meal. Participating in Bucks County Knocks Out Hunger is a tangible way to provide needed nutrition to members of our community.”

Mary Love, of Newtown, has volunteered for many years. Initially she participated as a community member, but she has since joined Penn Community Bank, where she now serves as the insurance controller.

“The BKO Hunger Campaign is an exceptional project,” Love said. “100% of the proceeds are donated to local Bucks County food pantries and it is extremely rewarding to assist an organization in making a difference in lives and to better our community.”

Beyond the business community, faith-based groups and nonprofit organizations have been mainstays of Bucks Knocks Out Hunger.

Reverend Michael R. Ruk is the rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in New Hope. He, along with his parishioners, have been supporting the project since the beginning. “As a community of faith, it’s essential to expand the walls of our church to partner with other community organizations which have a similar mission of helping the most vulnerable,” said Ruk.

Hundreds of individuals and families participate as well. Maureen Russell, of Levittown, a retired trust officer, has been volunteering since the very first BKO Hunger and has even recruited family members to participate.

“It’s such a fun event. You sing along with the DJ while you’re packaging meals for people in need in your own backyard. It’s such a fulfilling experience — you’ll want to come back again.”

“We are so grateful to all of our supporters,” said Marissa Christie, president and CEO of United Way of Bucks County. “Businesses and groups are such a big part of BKO Hunger, but believe it or not, more than two-thirds of the money we raise comes from individuals in our community. The average gift is about $105. I think that’s one of the things that makes this project so special. It’s businesses, faith-based groups, parents, grandparents, kids — it’s everyone coming together to make a difference.”

Bucks Knocks Out Hunger still needs to raise $24,000 to meet the goal of $85,000. Donations are accepted online at www.uwbucks.org/bkohunger and through coin canisters in businesses throughout the county (a list of locations is available at the website). Contributions also may be made at branches of Penn Community Bank or by mailing a check (note BKO Hunger on the memo line) to United Way, 413 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030.

Report: Bucks County middle class struggling

In Bucks, a family with a household income of $50,000 has just $50 left every week after covering basic needs, according to a study by Public Citizens for Children and Youth. For families faced with unplanned expenses, food is often the first and easiest place to cut.

A recent report from Public Citizens for Children and Youth presented some startling findings about Bucks County’s middle class.

In Bucks County, a family with a household income of $50,000 will have far less breathing room in their budgets than previously believed.

According to this study, these hard-working families have only $50 per week left after covering basic needs, like housing, health care, transportation, utilities, childcare and food.

This does not account for purchases like clothes, hair cuts and school supplies — or luxuries like birthday presents and occasional family outings.

With limited discretionary income, families struggle to make ends meet — particularly when faced with a one-time financial challenge, like a medical expense or a car repair.

Local nonprofit leaders note that for these families, food is often the first and easiest place to make a cut.

“People who are living under-resourced, have very little, if any financial cushion when an unexpected event, such as a car repair, causes a financial spiral,” says Tammy Schoonover, director of Community Services at Bucks County Opportunity Council. “That spiral forces an under-resourced family into a series of tradeoffs, like skipping meals so that they can pay for that unexpected car repair bill, so they can get to work.”

While skipping meals or relying on cheaper, highly processed foods can feel like a good, short-term fix for struggling families, it also has health consequences.

“A diet full of highly processed foods, though convenient, will only load someone up with excess sugar, salt and fat and cannot provide their body with the tools it needs to stay strong, healthy and happy,” says Deborah Davis, an outpatient dietician with Doylestown Nutrition Services.

Hunger relief programs like Bucks Knocks Out Hunger and Fresh Connect, both funded by United Way of Bucks County, are designed to help these families.

“A family of four with two adults working full time at or near minimum wage, would be eligible to participate,” said Tim Philpot, United Way of Bucks County’s point person for these programs. “Fortunately, we can provide healthy meals and fresh produce to these families, instead of processed foods and junk.”

The funds raised to support these hunger relief sites are vital.

Cathy Snyder is the founder and executive director of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, an organization that receives funds each year from Bucks Knocks Out Hunger. “BKO funds allow us to get much-needed local produce to vulnerable folks that really need it, while supporting our local farmers at the same time,” she said.

Bucks Knocks Out Hunger still needs to raise $33,000 to meet the goal of $85,000. Donations are accepted online at www.uwbucks.org/bkohunger and through coin canisters in businesses throughout the county (a list of locations is available at the website). Contributions also may be made at branches of Penn Community Bank or by mailing a check (note BKO Hunger on the memo line) to United Way, 413 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030.

Bucks Knocks Out Hunger. Round 7. Join the fight.

Calling all Hunger Heroes!

In case you hadn’t heard, Bucks Knocks Out Hunger 2019 is coming up on June 21st and this year BKO Hunger will be bigger than ever!

This year we’re going to pack 150,000 meals and provide 32,000 lbs of locally grown produce, but to do it we need to raise $85,000.

We can’t do it without YOU!

If we reach our goals, we’ll be able to supply food pantries with even more nutritious meals, eggs, and dairy. We’ll also provide even more fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need in Bucks County, through three mobile farmers markets for low-income residents, called Fresh Connect.

Did you know that 9% of residents and 16% of children in Bucks County don’t know when they will get their next meal? Hunger hits children and seniors hardest. Our kids aren’t getting the food they need and it’s permanently hurting their development. Our seniors are experiencing health problems – depression, heart attacks, and malnutrition – because they don’t always have enough money for food.

That’s why Bucks Knocks Out Hunger is fighting back by packing food pantries and senior centers with nutritious meals, fresh produce, and dairy products.

Just $20 can provide 40 meals PLUS 20 pounds of fresh locally grown produce to feed those in need.

Please make your donation today at www.uwbucks.org/bkohunger.

Every gift makes a difference for a vulnerable person who really needs your help.

There are a few ways to donate:
1. Give online at: www.uwbucks.org/bkohunger.
2. Mail a check to United Way at 413 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030 with BKO Hunger in the memo line.
3. Bring your donation to your local Penn Community Bank. Let your teller know your donation is for the BKO Hunger account.
4. Smaller donations can be dropped off at any of the over 110 canister locations county-wide. A complete list of canisters is at www.uwbucks.org/bkocanisters.

Thank you, 2019 BKO Hunger Sponsors!

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