United Way of Bucks County secured an additional $25,000 for hunger relief today thanks to a community-wide effort to unlock a challenge gift.
When local couple Simon and Jane Hallett challenged the nonprofit to obtain 250 donations for its hunger-fighting event, Bucks Knocks Out Hunger, United Way called on friends and neighbors to help. The nonprofit exceeded its goal by the July 5th deadline, securing 256 donations and unlocking the Hallett’s $25,000 gift.
United Way also surpassed its fundraising goal of $110,000 for the event, bringing in a total of $133,260. The funds will help with food assistance throughout the county, which is still experiencing increased need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As in previous years, United Way will prioritize access to healthy foods, including locally grown produce.
“We are so grateful to all of our generous donors who helped us reach this goal,” said Timothy Philpot, Director of Health & Financial Stability at United Way of Bucks County. “Because of them, we’ll be able to provide ongoing support to food pantries in Bucks County and keep our Fresh Connect program going strong.”