First Round Recap: Hunger Is On The Ropes

August 9th, 2013

Bucks Knocks Out Hunger’s youngest volunteer this morning, Miles, working the heat sealer with his mom

We’re between rounds here at Bucks Knocks Out Hunger and UW Bucks is coming out on top!  Our first packing session included 250 volunteers and lots of activity. We packed 20,000 meals in the first half hour, and made it to 50,000 by 11:30 when the volunteers tapped out to let fresh faces into the ring.

During the morning session, CEO Jamie Haddon announced that we officially reached our $36,000 goal! This means that we will definitely be able to partner with Rolling Harvest Food Rescue to provide produce to pantries throughout the county. This is in addition to ground beef, chicken and the 100,000 meals that volunteers are packing right now.

That didn’t stop the donations from rolling in. We received a check from Trevose Fire Company volunteers who came to the morning session, as well as an inquiring Ann’s Choice resident who stopped by to see what all the commotion was. Thanks to both of these donors!

The energy in the room was fantastic this morning. JBS Entertainment provided the soundtrack to get people excited, and volunteers sang along to “Shout” while they danced by their tables. As the morning volunteers started to clear out, the next round was already making their way in. The flurry of activity kept the ball rolling.

GE Water & Processing arrived for the afternoon shift, boasting the largest group here today. They are working alongside Ann’s Choice residents, the children of Kids United, and countless other volunteers. This is in addition to our Twitter corps who are live tweeting the event to get our message out to the world. We even got locked out of our UW Bucks twitter because we had so many great things to say about the event this morning!

Follow #BKOHunger on Twitter to keep updated with our second round, including an appearance by Bernard Hopkins!

About the Contributor: Katie Pilot is the Marketing Intern at UW Bucks for the summer. She is a rising senior at Villanova University with a major in Communications.  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.
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