BCOC Hosts Second Annual Adopt-A-Pantry

May 19th, 2014

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Adopt-A-Pantry 2014 aims to collect 23,000 meals during the month of May for Bucks County families who are hungry.

What: Bucks County Opportunity Council needs YOUR help to ensure that Bucks County Food Pantries are well stocked for the summer, a time when their shelves often go bare.  This is the time of year when children are home from school and not able to access free or reduced–price school lunch or breakfast, on which many Bucks County families depend.  For the entire month of May, food collection sites are popping up all over Bucks County for the Opportunity Council’s second annual Adopt-A-Pantry project. This is a collaborative, county-wide food drive to benefit the Opportunity Council’s Food and Nutrition Network (FaNN) of more than 30 food pantries, through a partnership with New York Life, Delaware Valley College, The Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier Times.

Who: You! Local businesses, families, churches, community groups and others are pledging to collect non-perishable food and hearty produce between May 1st and 26th.

The Goal: Adopt-A-Pantry has set a goal to collect 23,000 meals, or the equivalent of 15 tons of food for families who may not know where their next meal is coming from.  Non-perishable foods including canned meats, fruit, vegetables, soups, oatmeal, peanut butter, etc. will be collected.  With an increased focus on providing healthy, nutritious food for pantry visitors, this year’s project has an added component to collect hearty produce that won’t spoil and is easy to transport, such as apples, citrus fruits, potatoes, onions and garlic, or herbs and spices, in addition to the usual nonperishable goods.

Where: We invite you, your business, organization,  sports team, family or group of friends to participate in our food drive. Your location will serve as a collection site between now and May 26th. Collect the foods listed on the flyer below or monetary donations to help eliminate food insecurity here in Bucks County. Then, bring your donations to Delaware Valley College between May 27-29.

How to Help:
· Sign-up to collect food by filling out an Adopt-A-Pantry Pledge Form.
· Make a donation to our “Can-less” Food Drive.
· Volunteer to help during the week of May 27-30.  To sign-up, contact Eileen at ealbillar@bcoc.org or 215-345-8175 x209.

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About the Contributor: Bucks County Opportunity Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income people in Bucks County achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency. For more information, visit www.bcoc.org.

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