Operation Helping Hand

Web logo 2017Operation Helping Hand (OHH) is a one-day county-wide food drive. Originated by employees of US Steel in Levittown in 1966 and joined by UW Bucks in 1975, OHH is the longest continuously operating food drive in Bucks County.

In 2016 OHH gathered 66,701 pounds of nonperishable food, partnering with 246 schools and other collection sites for the benefit of 22 local food pantries.

We have a lot to celebrate in 2017.

Inspire Federal Credit Union  is returning as the lead sponsor for this project and Bucks County Opportunity Council’s Adopt A Pantry is partnering with us once again. Our goal this year: to collect 72,000 lbs of nutritious food.

How Students & Schools Can Help

Every school district and most private schools in Bucks County participate in OHH. School-wide collections will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Click here to see the flyer that is distributed to schools and students.

Contact your child’s school to confirm that they are participating and to find out how you can help. If you need information about school drives, contact Danielle Bush at danielleb@uwbucks.org.

How Businesses & Organizations Can Help

Businesses, Childcare Centers, and other organizations can set their own food drive dates. Most run for 1 – 2 weeks. All food will be picked up by a local food pantry on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Some collect all non-perishables. Others go with a themed drive, like Snack Attack (healthy snacks), Meat the Need (tuna, stews, canned meats), Use Your Noodle (pasta, mac and cheese), Spread the Love (peanut butter and jelly), or any other creative theme.

Businesses are invited to use these customizable flyers and signs to promote their food drive:

Businesses and organizations who would like to participate should contact Heather Foor at hfoor@bcoc.org or Danielle Bush at danielleb@uwbucks.org.

Give Online

No time to shop? No problem. You can also donate to OHH. Your local pantry will use the money to purchase the food they need most. Donate online below or mail a check to UW Bucks, 413 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030. Don’t forget to put “Operation Helping Hand” in the memo line.