Increasing access to nutritious food is crucial to improving the diets and overall health of our hungry neighbors.
Hunger means more than missing a meal. Vulnerable populations like children and the elderly experience serious issues when they don’t have access to nutritious foods. That’s why Fresh Connect – our free, mobile farmers market – brings healthy options like fresh produce, meat, and dairy to our food-insecure neighbors.
INCREASING ACCESS TO NUTRITIOUS FOOD
Fresh Connect returns to the same three locations in Bucks County each week, providing reliable hunger relief for families and seniors. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we transformed Fresh Connect into an emergency food distribution program to meet our community’s most urgent needs.
The program is a collaboration of United Way of Bucks County, Bucks County Opportunity Council, St. Mary Medical Center, Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, and Philabundance. United Way of Bucks County funds Fresh Connect and donations to support the market should be made through UW Bucks.
HOW YOUR DOLLARS HELP
Thanks to your support, Fresh Connect served 300% more families during the pandemic, providing food for up to 1,500 households per week.
Pounds of fresh, healthy produce distributed through the Fresh Connect Markets in 2021.
Number of visits to Fresh Connect including every household registered for Fresh Connect in 2021.
Number of unique households served across all three of our Fresh Connect sites in Bucks County in 2021.
Number of community partners and collaborators working together to bring Fresh Connect to people in Bucks County.
Donate below or send a check to: United Way of Bucks County, 413 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030.
Fresh Connect is a Free Mobile Farm Market that provides fresh produce to low income families and seniors at three locations throughout Bucks County each week. The program is a collaboration of United Way of Bucks County, Bucks County Opportunity Council, St. Mary Medical Center, Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, and Philabundance. United Way of Bucks County funds Fresh Connect and donations to support the market should be made through UW Bucks.
Fresh Connect Hours of Operation: Until further notice, due to COVID-19, Fresh Connect hours will be as follows, or until the food runs out:
Tuesdays in Warminster: 11 AM – 1 PM
Thursdays in Ottsville: 10 AM – 12 PM
Fridays in Bristol: 11 AM – 1 PM
Fresh Connect is now a drive-through operation. Please be sure that your trunks are completely clear and free of materials so that staff can place the food in easily!
Fresh Connect is a free farmer’s market that brings fresh, healthy food to our hungry neighbors in Bucks County. It returns to the same location on the same day at the same time each week, providing reliable and needed food to the 54,000 Bucks County residents facing hunger, including 10.6% of all children.
DONATEMake a donation using the form below.
VOLUNTEERVolunteering at Fresh Connect is a rewarding experience. Each week volunteers help set up the market and distribute produce directly to those in need. 10-15 volunteers are needed at each market and contribute about two hours of time. Both individual volunteers and corporate groups can participate. Individual volunteers can sign up by clicking the links below:
To volunteer in Bristol (Fridays) click HERE
To volunteer in Ottsville (Thursdays) click HERE
To volunteer in Warminster (Tuesdays) click HEREIf you would like to schedule a large group to volunteer at Fresh Connect, please contact Tim Philpot. You can reach Tim by email at email@example.com or by phone at 215.949.1660 ext 104.
Fresh Connects helps people from Bucks County who are struggling with hunger and food insecurity. This includes low-income seniors on fixed incomes, families working minimum wage jobs that still can’t make ends meet, and those who are homeless. In 2020:
- 10,339 unique households have received fresh produce.
- 27,915 individuals were helped
- Over 1,209,000 lbs. of produce was distributed
- Are cooking at home more
- Are making healthier food choices
- Report feeling healthier and more energetic
Any resident of Bucks County who is food insecure can participate.Advanced registration online is required. If you already have a keycard, simply start bringing it to all future distributions. Once your application has been approved, you will be given a keycard on-site at Fresh Connect. Only one person per income eligible household can participate and eligible families must earn 200% or less of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). No ID or verification is needed and participation does not affect your government benefits. Please bring your own bags. For non-Bucks County residents, click here for a list of locations in the Delaware Valley where you can participate.
Fresh Connect Hours of Operation: Until further notice, due to COVID-19, Fresh Connect hours will be as follows, or until the food runs out:Tuesdays in Warminster: 11 AM – 1 PM Thursdays in Ottsville: 10 AM – 12 PM Fridays in Bristol: 11 AM – 1 PM Fresh Connect is now a drive-through operation. Please be sure that your trunks are completely clear and free of materials so that staff can place the food in easily!
- Every Tuesday in Warminster 11AM- 1PM
- Warminster Community Park, 1100 Veterans Way, Warminster, PA 18974
- Every Thursday in Ottsville: 10 AM - 1 PM
- Every Friday in Bristol: 11 AM - 1PM
- Lower Bucks Campus of Bucks County Community College, 1304 Veteran's Highway, Bristol, PA 19007
What is the Weather Policy? Fresh Connect operates every week, rain or shine, except during severe weather. This includes actual temperatures below 32 degrees or feels like temperatures below 32 degrees, heat advisories or excessive heat warnings, heavy rain or snow, and thunder and lightning storms. It is our obligation to make the safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff our top priority. Closure announcements will be posted on our website, social media, and on the Fresh Connect phone line no later than 7 AM the day of the distribution that is being cancelled. Please visit bcoc.org or call 215-345-8175, Option 1, for Fresh Connect up-to-date closure information.
Rules for a Safe Drive-thru Distribution For vehicles representing multiple households, a keycard will need to be scanned for each household. Each individual household you pick-up for must register separately and provide you with their keycard. Each vehicle can pick up for a maximum of four (4) households. Please have your trunk or tailgate cleared so that food may be placed in safely and efficiently. Food will be place directly into the trunk of the vehicle. Driver’s windows must be down and with all occupants wearing face coverings. If you are unable to open your trunk or if it is not cleared, you will be asked to load your food independently. To minimize traffic and waiting times, please do not arrive more than 30 minutes before the distribution start time. If arriving prior to start time, staff are not responsible for maintaining line spots. In Warminster Community Park, park attendees have the right of way. Please do not block any pedestrian or bike walkways. Fresh Connect and the distribution organizers reserve the right to refuse service to individuals who do not comply with the rules and regulations established for each drive-thru food distribution.
On a mission to make fresh and free healthy food more accessible across Bucks County, our caring Fresh Connect partners offer highly nutritious, locally sourced, and free healthy food to those who need it most. Essential nutrition is an integral aspect of maintaining the health and wellbeing of our community, and we graciously thank everyone that can share in any way possible.
By helping us provide free healthy food to those in need, we are eliminating food insecurity in Bucks County by:
- Helping Low-Income Families Reduce Grocery Bills
- Providing Food Security to Seniors on Fixed Incomes
- Offering Healthier Options With Our Fresh Connect Partners
- Making Food Pickups Easily Accessible & Contact-Free