The same week that UWBucks distributed its last Bucks Knocks Out Hunger donations to Bucks County Housing Group’s Penndel food pantry, we received an amazing donation to keep the ball rolling. First Federal of Bucks County donated a generous $10,000 to our Bucks Knocks Out Hunger project for 2014.
“First Federal of Bucks County is proud to sponsor the United Way’s “Bucks Knocks Out Hunger 2014.” As a local community bank, we want to help those who are not food secure in our own Bucks County neighborhoods. Recent research shows that food insecurity is becoming more of a problem, making this support for Bucks County residents even more important,” explained the President/CEO of First Federal, Jeane M. Coyle.
This donation gives us an awesome head start for BKO Hunger 2014. Last year, we raised $48,000, packed 100,000 meals and distributed the rest of the money to Bucks County Opportunity Council and Rolling Harvest Food Rescue. BCOC was able to buy items for their pantries that are not typically donated but greatly needed, such as lean meat and fish. Rolling Harvest provided more than 14,000 pounds of fresh produce from Bucks County farms to Bucks County pantries.
In 2014, we are increasing our fundraising goal by almost 35%. Though we filled a void last summer, especially following Hurricane Sandy, the needs are different this year. We want to bring in more lean meats and more fresh produce. These items are crucial to a healthy diet, but difficult for pantries to finance on their own.
We cannot achieve this ambitious goal without the help of the Bucks County community. A huge thank you goes out to First Federal for their generous support! Our awesome donors and enthusiastic volunteers made BKO Hunger 2013 a fantastic success, and we’re excited to exceed our achievements this June.
About the contributor: Katie Pilot is the Marketing Assistant at UW Bucks. She is a senior at Villanova University with a major in Communication. Due to her passion for social justice, particularly the importance of education, she is excited to help get the word out about UWBucks’ great contributions to the county in hopes to get more people involved.